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Pteropodidae's ejecta @carrieseltzer. The clear coloured excretion was quite strange, very sticky... Was a bat sick or is it a typical fruit's excretion ?

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Posted by eleeuw about 2 months ago (Flag)
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I've never seen anything like this. Which end of the bat did it come out of?

Posted by carrieseltzer about 2 months ago (Flag)
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Well... I haven't seen it coming out... Just seen it on the ground ! But I'm sure this is from Eidolon, they are back in the Ficus tree.

Posted by eleeuw about 2 months ago (Flag)
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Hi Eric, I'm pretty sure that this isn't an ejecta (= usually fibrous stuff plus seeds, which are spat out rather than ingested), but bat poo. Fruit bats work like juice squeezers, and ejecta are always very dry.

I think I would go for a family ID (Pteropodidae) to be on safe side: even if Eidolon was foraging at the very spot where you found this evidence, other fruit bats might have been also around and left their traces...

Posted by jakob about 2 months ago (Flag)
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Ok, sorry for the misusing of the word "ejecta", I've replaced it by "excretion"... Is it ok ?

Posted by eleeuw about 2 months ago (Flag)
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Sorry for being picky about the ejecta thing, it's just very deeply embedded in my bat research brain ;-) It can also make a huge difference in terms of seed dispersal distances: while ejecta are usually found quite close to the parent tree (usually under feeding roosts), ingested seeds can travel long distances, and in the case of Eidolon exceptionally far.

Sure, excretion works, and so does faeces, excrement, poo...

Posted by jakob about 2 months ago (Flag)
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No worries, it's important !

Posted by eleeuw about 1 month ago (Flag)
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I still don't know what to make of that big pink blob.

Posted by carrieseltzer about 1 month ago (Flag)
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