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Coming back every night on the same place.

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Mauritian Tomb Bat - Photo (c) Frank Vassen, some rights reserved (CC BY)
eleeuw's ID: Mauritian Tomb Bat (Taphozous mauritianus)
Posted by eleeuw 5 months ago (Flag)
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Mauritian Tomb Bat - Photo (c) Frank Vassen, some rights reserved (CC BY)
jakob's ID: Mauritian Tomb Bat (Taphozous mauritianus)
Posted by jakob 5 months ago (Flag)
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Hi Eric, interesting - is this a night roost only, i.e. the bat not to be seen during the day? It looks like an immature, so maybe the mother is out foraging while the young waits for her return?

Posted by jakob 5 months ago (Flag)
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Actually, it's a student that is sending me the pictures, I'll ask for more details. As far as I know, the bat is roosting only at night on that site.

Posted by eleeuw 5 months ago (Flag)
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Thanks! Taphozous mauritianus is pretty special bat in its roosting habits: rather than being found in caves, hollow trees, crevices etc, these bats roost on open surfaces. Before man transformed most landscapes, roosting places were mostly tree trunks (frequently palms). Nowadays, many roost observations come from house walls (www.inaturalist.org/taxa/41380-Taphozous-mauritianus/browse_photos), but I hadn't heard that they were using these also as night roosts. Interesting!

Posted by jakob 5 months ago (Flag)
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Mauritian Tomb Bat - Photo (c) Frank Vassen, some rights reserved (CC BY)
michedepain's ID: Mauritian Tomb Bat (Taphozous mauritianus)
Posted by michedepain 5 months ago (Flag)
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Mauritian Tomb Bat - Photo (c) Frank Vassen, some rights reserved (CC BY)
carrieseltzer's ID: Mauritian Tomb Bat (Taphozous mauritianus)
Posted by carrieseltzer about 1 month ago (Flag)
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Mauritian Tomb Bat - Photo (c) Frank Vassen, some rights reserved (CC BY)
eleeuw's ID: Mauritian Tomb Bat (Taphozous mauritianus)
Mauritian Tomb Bat - Photo (c) Frank Vassen, some rights reserved (CC BY)
Community ID: Mauritian Tomb Bat (Taphozous mauritianus)
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