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Rhinolophus capensis (Chiroptera: Rhinolophidae)

Samantha Stoffberg
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1644/810.1 1-4 First published online: 3 June 2008


Rhinolophus capensis Lichtenstein, 1823 is a medium-sized rhinolophid commonly called the Cape horseshoe bat. It has a characteristic horseshoe-shaped nose leaf that surrounds its nostrils but does not cover the entire muzzle. This species is endemic to South Africa and is typically found in caves along the coastal parts of Northern, Western, and Eastern Cape provinces. It is a gregarious species that is often found roosting with R. clivosus and Miniopterus schreibersii natalensis. From a conservation standpoint, R. capensis has been listed as vulnerable until recently, when its listing was changed to near threatened.

Key words
  • bat
  • Cape horseshoe bat
  • nose leaf
  • rhinolophid
  • South Africa