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Morphometric Variability in Horseshoe Bat Species, Rhinolophus ferrumequinum and Rhinolophus lepidus Captured from District Malakand, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

Morphometric Variability in Horseshoe Bat Species, Rhinolophus ferrumequinum and Rhinolophus lepidus Captured from District Malakand, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

Mohammad Salim1, Arshad Javid2,*, Faiz-ur-Rahman3, Khalid Javed Iqbal4 and FarmanUllah5

1Department of Forestry and Wildlife Management, University of Haripur, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
2Department of Wildlife and Ecology, University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan 
3Department of Zoology, Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University (SBBU), Main Campus, Sheringal, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan 
4Department of Life Sciences, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Bahwalpur, Punjab, Pakistan
5Department of Animal Breeding and Genetics, Lasbela University of Agriculture, Water and Marine Sciences, Uthal, Balochistan, Pakistan

* Corresponding author: arshadjavid@gmail.com

ABSTRACT

Specimens of Rhinilophus ferrumequinum (n = 2) and R. lepidus (n =3) were captured from Malakand district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa during a three years survey extending from June 2010 through May 2013. Mean body mass of the captured R. ferrumequinum specimens was 18.45 ± 0.35 g, head and body length was 60.11 ± 1.42 mm and forearm length was 60.01 ± 1.41 mm. Similarly, average greatest length of skull was 23.35 ± 0.20 mm while the total length of baculum of a single specimen was recorded 4.13 mm. The mean body mass, head and body length and forearm length of the R. lepidus specimens captured from the study area was 3.93 ± 0.21 g, 38.49 ± 0.54 mm and 38.02 ± 0.63 mm, respectively. Average greatest length of skull of two specimens was 15.94 ± 0.15 mm while their baculum was 2.33 ± 0.14 mm long.
 

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Pakistan Journal of Zoology (Associated Journals)

August

Vol. 49, Iss. 4, Pages 1151-1546

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