In August 2013, an adult male Kerivoula krauensis was captured in a harp trap set in forest understorey in Bala Forest, Hala-Bala Wildlife Sanctuary, Narathiwat Province, Thailand. This is only the second locality record for the species, the first outside Malaysia and represents a range extension of 254 km, northwards from Krau Wildlife Reserve, Malaysia. This discovery has important conservation implications suggesting that the species is more widespread than previously thought but also confirms previous findings that it appears to live in very low population densities as compared to other Kerivoula found in the same habitat. Information on its taxonomy, echolocation call, distribution and ecology is included. In addition, the new material from Thailand is briefly compared to other known species from the country.
Keywords: Kerivoula krauensis, first record, echolocation, Thailand
|Figure 2: Latero-ventral view (A) and the mid-dorsal (B) and mid-ventral (C) pelage of Kerivoula krauensis, PSUZC-MM2013.50, ♂, from Hala-Bala Wildlife Sanctuary, Thailand.|
Bounsavane Douangboubpha, Sara Bumrungsri, Pipat Soisook, Sunate Karanpan and Paul J. J. Bates. 2014. The Discovery of Kerivoula krauensis (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) in southern Peninsular Thailand provides New Information on the Distribution and Conservation Status of this Data Deficient Species. Songklanakarin Journal of Science and Technology. 36 (5), 577-582. http://rdo.psu.ac.th/sjstweb/journal/36-5/36-5-13.pdf