MORPHOMETRICS OF FULVOUS FRUIT BAT (ROUSETTUS LESCHENAULTI) FROM LAHORE, PAKISTAN
M. Shahbaz, A. Javid, T. Javed, M. Mahmood-ul-Hassan* and S.M. Hussain**
Department of Wildlife and Ecology, University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore
*Department of Zoology and Fisheries, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad
**Department of Zoology, Wildlife and Fisheries, Government College University, Faisalabad
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Present study on Fulvous fruit bat (Rousettus leschenaulti) from October 2011 to March 2012 in the vicinity of Lahore, Pakistan took morphometric measurements of 15 (9♂ and 6♀) bat specimens. The average head and body length of all 15 specimens was 99.55 ± 15.035mm, forearm was 77.64 ± 6.373mm long, lengths of 3rd, 4th and 5th metacarpals were 52.73 ± 4.832 mm, 51.56 ± 4.996mm and 49.86 ± 3.998, respectively and the tail length was 11.1 ± 3.072mm. The greatest skull length (n= 9) was 35.89 ± 2.848mm, breadth of braincase was 15.44 ± 1.509mm while bacular length of a male specimen was 3.075mm.
Key words: Fulvous fruit bat, Greatest skull length, Baculum, Badian.