Ears shorter than the head, oval, bending outwards, with a projecting lobe on the inner margin; tragus of equal breadth throughout: fur above reddish brown, with the tips of the hairs white ; beneath dirty white.

V. discolor, Desm. Mammal, p. 139.

Dimensions

Length of the head and body two inches four lines; of the head nine lines; of the tail one inch five lines; of the ears six lines and a half; of the tragus two lines and a quarter; of the thumb three lines : extent of wing ten inches six lines.

Description

Forehead broad and hairy ; muzzle long, and very broad ; nose thick and obtuse, measuring one line and two-thirds across the extremity : eyes very small: ears shorter than the head, rounded, oval, bending outwards and reaching almost to the corners of the mouth, with a projecting lobe near the base of the internal margin, clothed externally on their lower half with thick woolly hair; tragus short, and nearly of equal breadth throughout. Fur on the back reddish brown, with the extreme tips of the hairs white, presenting a marbled appearance; underneath dirty white, with a large patch of a somewhat darker tint covering the breast and abdomen ; throat pure white. Tail protruding from the interfemoral membrane to the extent of three lines.

A single individual of this species, taken at Plymouth by Dr Leach, is now in the British Museum. Said to be peculiar to houses, and never to be found in trees.