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Lesser Asiatic Yellow House Bat (with Pup)

Scotophilus kuhlii


The Lesser Asiatic Yellow House Bat (Scotophilus kuhlii) is smaller and leaner than the African Yellow House Bat. The total body length is about 120 mm and the average body weight is around 16 grams (Siyabona Africa Travel). The forearm length can extend up to 52 mm. A unique physical characteristic of the Lesser Yellow House Bat is the tail, which is long and covered with the interfemoral membrane between the hind legs. The Lesser Asiatic Yellow House Bat has pointy ears and a dog-like face with a dull muzzle. The Lesser Asiatic Yellow House Bat has soft dense yellowish-brown fur on the back. The abdomen fur is composed of either a white or off-white color (Baker) -


Found in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Taiwan. The bat with pup was spotted in an urban garden.

1 Species ID Suggestions

AfriBats 10 years ago
vesper bats

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69 Comments (1–25)

Thank you bherath20 and Fly Fisher!

Fly Fisher
Fly Fisher 10 years ago

Great Pics! I love bats!

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 10 years ago

so cute

ID and description edited as per AfriBats' suggestion... Thank you AfriBats! :-)

Elsa 10 years ago

Fantastic spotting!

cnippold 10 years ago


Dina 10 years ago

Congrats for this spotting, I love it!! :]

Thank you for your interest and id sugestion AfriBats. I'm going to update the spotting as you sugested in a few days when I get home. Im using a mobile phone at the moment and it's so hard to do research using a small gadget. Appreciate your help :)

AfriBats 10 years ago

Most likely this is Scotophilus kuhlii. I guess the ripening bananas attracted insects and thus the bat ;-)

Maria dB
Maria dB 10 years ago

Fantastic spotting, Leana!

Kendra Joy
Kendra Joy 10 years ago

So cute!

Will check the web on vesper bats, Afribats. Data gathered from initial readings says most vesper bats are insectivores and have large ears. This particular sighting was attracted by ripening bananas in the garage that was why I was able to photograph it at close range. Thank you for the ID suggestion.

Thanks Reginald!

ReginaldSalcedo 10 years ago

great shot.

Thanks cchellis22! I was not aware that is was a pup until it moved ;-)

cchellis22 10 years ago

Wow - beautiful series of photos. I've never seen anything like it! Amazing that you were able to spot the bat with pup.

Thanks everyone for your appreciation, congratulatory messages, faves and kind remarks. Getting an SOTD is awesome! Feels like winning the grand slam! :-)

Phil_S 10 years ago

Congrats on SOTD! Very nice!

Realy awesome Leana,congrats on the SOTD and thanks for sharing

DigantaGogoi 10 years ago

awesome spotting........congrats........!!!!!

Fly Fisher
Fly Fisher 10 years ago

Congratulations on SOTD! Great Picture!

ToshimiDowaki 10 years ago

Congratulations! Great series!

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 10 years ago

Cute bat! Congrats leana! Great spotting!

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 10 years ago

Congratulations Leana. What a lucky find. Beautiful

Nina C. Wilde
Nina C. Wilde 10 years ago

Lovely photo series. I have two bat boxes I will be putting out this summer--I hope to get some families living in them this year. They are the best insect control you can have!

Nueva Ecija, Philippines

Spotted on May 19, 2013
Submitted on May 19, 2013

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