THE BAT INTEREST GROUP
OF KWA ZULU NATAL
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FAMILY MOLOSSIDAE (FREE-TAILED BATS)

 

Identification

Tail extends beyond end of tail membrane for 1/3 of its length

Large round ears

Tragus present

Small eyes

Often have wrinkled lips

 

Food

Moths, beetles, and other insects

 

Roosts

Rock crevices, bridges, buildings, occasionally caves or tree hollows

 

 

Number of species worldwide: 86 (Old and New World)

Number of species in Southern Africa: 18

 

Common free-tailed bats in KZN

Little free-tailed bat  -  Chaerephon pumilus      

Angolan free-tailed bat  -  Mops condylurus

Egyptian free-tailed bat  -  Tadarida aegyptiaca

Large-eared free-tailed bat or Large-eared giant mastiff bat -  Otomops martiensseni

Angolan free-tailed bat - Mops condylurus
Little free-tailed bat - Chaerephon pumilus
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Egyptian free-tailed bat - Tadarida aegyptiaca
Large-eared free-tailed bat or Large-eared giant mastiff bat - Otomops martiensseni
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