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Lesser Bamboo Bats (Tylonycteris pachypus) are among the world's smallest mammals, weighing less than a U.S. nickel. They form small colonies, often between 5 and 20 individuals, and are also called flat-headed or club-footed bats due to their unusually flat heads and conspicuous adhesive pads on their feet and wrists. These are adaptations that facilitate living in large bamboo (Gigantochloa scortechinii) stalks that are entered through narrow slits in the internodes of stalks made by the emergence of the chrysomelid beetle, Lasiochila goryi. Bamboo bats emerge and enter with split-second timing that has rarely been documented. They range throughout most of Southeast Asia to southern China, the Philippines, Sumatra, Java and Borneo. Hong Kong,.
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