Latidens salimalii Thonglongya, 1972:153

Salim Ali's fruit bat



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last record: 1948

Rediscovered in 1993

IUCN RedList status: Endangered



Kerala & Tamil Nadu, India












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