Triaenops menamena is a bat in the genus Triaenops found on Madagascar,
mainly in the drier regions. It was known as Triaenops rufus until 2009,
when it was discovered that that name had been incorrectly applied to
the species. Triaenops rufus is a synonym of Triaenops persicus, a
closely related Middle Eastern species. Triaenops menamena is mostly
found in forests, but also occurs in other habitats. It often roosts in
large colonies and eats insects such as butterflies and moths. Because
of its wide range, common occurrence, and tolerance of habitat
degradation, it is not considered to be threatened. With a forearm
length of 50 to 56 mm (2.0 to 2.2 in) in males and 46 to 53 mm (1.8
to 2.1 in) in females, this is a medium-sized bat. Its fur color is
variable, ranging from reddish-brown to gray, but it is generally darker
than the species in the closely related genus Paratriaenops which also
occur on Madagascar. The skull contains a pronounced swelling around the
nose and the second upper premolar is displaced outside the toothrow.
The maximum frequency of the echolocation call averages 94.2 kHz and
the species can easily be recognized on the basis of its call.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triaenops_menamena>
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