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Kigali, RW, Africa, AF
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Visit for counting the Kigalian colony. Estimation of 4600 bats

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Posted by eleeuw about 1 month ago (Flag)
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Posted by jakob about 1 month ago (Flag)
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Many thanks for this latest batch of Eidolon observations, Eric!

Posted by jakob about 1 month ago (Flag)
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No problem Jakob. I totally forgot to fill the "Afribat" forms, sorry...

Posted by eleeuw about 1 month ago (Flag)
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Any insights about what's in the poop, @eleeuw? Do you know what they were eating? I can't quite tell rocks and possible seeds apart here.

Posted by carrieseltzer about 1 month ago (Flag)
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Posted by carrieseltzer about 1 month ago (Flag)
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Posted by stsang about 1 month ago (Flag)
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Posted by natalie about 1 month ago (Flag)
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Hello @carrieseltzer ! No... I haven't seen anything relevant like seeds inside (At my level, I'm not a specialist) and no idea of what they are eating these weeks... . I've cropped a bit the picture and added to theses observations.

Posted by eleeuw about 1 month ago (Flag)
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Thanks. Could be lots of things, but things that come to mind are Syzygium spp. and Maesopsis eminni (if it's found around there). If you ever can get nice clear photos of discarded/defecated fruits or seeds, I'm always interested! If there are any reliable night feeding roosts you should be able to find piles of seeds there. Once you see your first one you'll start seeing them elsewhere. Looking for piles of the biggest seeds they eat locally and then looking for the smaller stuff that's easier to miss is helpful. I have several photos of examples in the supplemental information on this paper: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/btp.12029/abstract
I can also email it to you. It's unfortunately a big file because of the photos. I'm realizing I should redo my personal website and add a page about finding feeding roosts, as that would be easier to link to!

Posted by carrieseltzer about 1 month ago (Flag)
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Many thanks for your comment and bibliography, if you send it, I'll read it carefully.
Where can I find more literature about poo and seeds classification ?

By the way, I've observed a tree in Kigali that could be a Maesopsis sp. :
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/4859238

Posted by eleeuw about 1 month ago (Flag)
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Great! Can you message me your email address and I'll send you the doc?

Posted by carrieseltzer about 1 month ago (Flag)
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What about Olea hochstetteri https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/4853851 ? (If my ID is correct), there are fruits https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/6733591 (quite small) for the moment but the flesh is green (I'll add pics a bit later this week) and I haven't found anything on the ground near the tree.

Posted by eleeuw about 1 month ago (Flag)
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Interesting. I'm not familiar with that species. If you can pick some ripe fruits, smash them up and note their consistency and smell for comparison with the poop.

Posted by carrieseltzer about 1 month ago (Flag)
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Community ID: Straw-colored Fruit Bat (Eidolon helvum)
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