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FAMILY HIPPOSIDERIDAE (OLD WORLD LEAF-NOSED BATS)

Identification

Rounded nose-leaf, sometimes with three-pronged protrusion on top resembling a trident

Large ears

Tragus absent

Tail present, variable size

 

Food

Moths, beetles, flying termites

 

Roosts

Cabes, mines, sometimes buildings, tree hollows and porcupine burrows

 

Number of species worldwide: 63 (occurs in the Old World only)

Number of species in Southern Africa: 4

 

 

Common bats in KZN

Sundevallís leaf-nosed bat  -  Hipposideros caffer

Commersonís leaf-nosed bat  -  Hipposideros commersonii

Short eared trident bat  -  Cloeotis percivali

Short eared trident bat - Cloeotis percivali
Sundevallís leaf-nosed bat - Hipposideros caffer
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