Arcuate Horseshoe Bat, Rhinolophus arcuatus

The arcuate horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus arcuatus) is native to the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and Malaysia. It has a large range in these regions, and is a common species. It prefers habitats within primary and secondary forests, like montane and mossy forests, as well as agricultural areas. It roosts in small colonies in limestone caves. As is typical to bat species, the arcuate horseshoe bat feeds on insects by catching them in midflight, or by gleaning them off surfaces like the ground or water.

Although the arcuate horseshoe bat does not have any major threats, in some areas of its range, it is affected by mining and human disturbances. Because of the lack of threats, and the fact that it occurs in many different habitats, it is not considered a threatened species. It appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern”.

Image Caption: Arcuate Horseshoe Bat, Rhinolophus arcuatus. Credit: Tabdulla/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)