Lavia frons

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Matina C. Kalcounis-Rüppell, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Lavia frons (Fig. 1) is distinguished from all other African bats except Cardioderma cor in having a large, erect noseleaf, a divided tragus, and large ears that are basally united across the top of the head. Lavia frons differs from Cardioderma cor by having a long (ca. 20 mm) noseleaf that is bluntly truncated at its tip and a tragus with the inner lobe sharply pointed and the outer lobe pointed and >0.5 the length of the ear. Cardioderma has a shorter noseleaf, <15 mm, and a tragus with the inner lobe quadrate or rounded and the outer lobe pointed but <0.5 the length of the ear (Hayman and Hill, 1971). Lavia also has distinctive coloration, with yellowish ears and flight membranes and blue to slaty gray fur.

Additional Information

MAMMALIAN SPECIES No. 614, pp. 1-4, 3 figs.
Language: English
Date: 1999
Lavia frons, Bats, Species description

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