THE BAT INTEREST GROUP
OF KWA ZULU NATAL
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Copyright Paul Buchel

FAMILY MINIOPTERIDAE (LONG-FINGERED BATS)

Identification

Plain face with high forehead

Second phalanx of third finger elongated

Widespread, migratory species

 

Food

Moths, beetles, flies, and other insects

 

Roosts

Caves and mines, sometimes in huge numbers

 

Number of species worldwide:

Number of species in Southern Africa: 4

 

Long-fingered bats in KZN

Natal long-fingered bat Miniopterus natalensis

Lesser long-fingered bat Miniopterus fraterculus

Greater long-fingered bat Miniopterus inflatus

 

Natal long-fingered bat Miniopterus natalensis

Photo Copyright Geoff Nichols

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