THE BAT INTEREST GROUP
OF KWA ZULU NATAL
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Eygptian fruit bat - Rousettus aegyptiacus
Wahlberg’s epauletted fruit bat - Epomophorus wahlbergi
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FAMILY PTEROPODIDAE (OLD WORLD FRUIT BATS)

 

Identification

Two claws on each wing: one on the thumb and one on the second finger

Large eyes and smaller ears

Tragus absent

Dog-like face and snout

Tail usually absent: if present, very small with no tail membrane

Food

Fruits, nectar, pollen, leaves

 

Roosts

Trees, palm fronds or leaf tents, eaves of tall buildings, dense foliage, caves

 

Number of species worldwide: 173

Number of species in Southern Africa: 13

 

Common fruit bats in KZN

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