Naked-rumped tomb bat

These ‘sloppy animals’ tend to have a strong and unpleasant odor due to accumulated wastes in roosts

Rajesh Puttaswamaiah

Judging from their common name, naked-rumped tomb bats, they have brown or greyish fur on their back and light grey fur on the underside, but their lower back and abdomen are naked. Their head is quite flat and with a long, cone-shaped snout. Sexual dimorphism is significant where males have a gland on the upper chest, but females lack it.

They are very agile. Their flight is quick and high in open areas, predating insects such as cockroaches, moths, beetles, crickets, and flying ants. Naked-rumped tomb bats communicate by metallic squeaking and use echolocation to aid in flight and hunting. They are labeled as Least Concern by IUCN, but some populations might be affected due to the use of pesticides.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Afghanistan
2016
Algeria
2016
Burkina Faso
2016
Chad
2016
DR Congo (Kinshasa)
2016
Djibouti
2016
Egypt
2016
Eritrea
2016
Ethiopia
2016
Presence Uncertain
Ghana
2016
India
2016
Iran
2016
Iraq
2016
Israel
2016
Jordan
2016
Kenya
2016
Kuwait
2016
Presence Uncertain
Lebanon
2016
Presence Uncertain
Libya
2016
Presence Uncertain
Mauritania
2016
Morocco
2016
Myanmar
2016
Niger
2016
Nigeria
2016
Oman
2016
Presence Uncertain
Pakistan
2016
Qatar
2016
Presence Uncertain
Saudi Arabia
2016
Senegal
2016
Somalia
2016
Sudan
2016
Syria
2016
Tanzania
2016
Togo
2016
Tunisia
2016
Presence Uncertain
Turkey
2016
UAE
2016
Uganda
2016
Presence Uncertain
Yemen
2016

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd / Colony

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No