Caught in a mistnet intended for birds that was left open overnight.
Tried to get palatal ridge photos, but they were terribly blurry and I didn't know until after we let the bat go because I was holding the bat instead of taking photos.
Should have measurements somewhere.
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Aril chewed up and spit out by a fruit bat.
Freshly opening capsule showing white seed and aril.
Buds, leaves, flowers.
Mutant without chlorophyll
Two dead individuals killed in a tea field near the forest.
Fruits with very strong lemon odor (like lemon Pledge).
Seedling with cotyledons. I might be wrong about this id, so please feel free to correct me.
Colony of well over 5,000 individuals in the entrance section of a limestone cave. This cave was located in a small-scale limestone quarry and might in the meantime be partly destroyed.
Sample remained in Senckenberg Museum, Frankfurt/Germany but the sample was in a state that did not allow detailed determination.
In-depth description of the cave and the surrounding karst area has been published in "Berliner Höhlenkundliche Berichte" (vol. 1) - www.speleo-berlin.de/en_publikationen.php
A fish brought to us to eat, presumably from the Indian Ocean just offshore.
A fish that was brought to us to eat. Presumably it came from the Indian Ocean just offshore.
I found these two bats roosting in an unused outbuilding.
Spotted by my field assistants at about shoulder height as we walked through the forest. These are well-camouflaged. Sorry for the crappy photos!
Aren't little snails just the cutest?
I should have the name for this...somewhere. Comes from a vine.
This is what it looks like when a chameleon runs away from you into thick brush and you can't catch it or photograph it well. :-(
I should have the name for this somewhere. Shrubby understory thing. Rubiaceae? See flowers in other photos.
Shrubby understory thing. Not sure I ever got the name of this one because I was never there again during July so I don't think I saw it flowering on other trips.
I am terribly allergic to this plant. It's like poison ivy's understory tree cousin. This is a seedling/sapling ~60-80 cm tall.
Bat on vertical dirt bank next to mud road. About 9:00 pm
I'm pretty sure about the ID of these fruits, but not 100%. Leaves do not match fruit--those are from a vine climbing the tree. I am terribly allergic to the leaves of this tree.
I think this was flattened in or near my house, perhaps under a box or trunk.
Seed with aril and capsule attached, starting to brown on top (probably opened
I took about 100 photos of this beautiful frog that I found on my bicycle one rainy day.
Seedling with cotyledons attached and seed coat (not sure what it is botanically) nearby.
A superlatively shiny fruit that I saw frequently and didn't photograph nearly enough.
Seedling with seed attached.
Not sure about ID. Guessing, really. Will consult EA Reptiles.
The slash of this tree oozes red like blood.
Some kind of wild ginger. I forget the name.
Suborder Megachiroptera- fruit bats or megabats or megachiropterans
Family Pteropodidae- all megachiropterans
There were four of these beautiful giants roosting along the main beam of our banda. I thought this one looked a little chunky, and the explanation came when a little nose popped out from under the wing. I know New World bats fly with their small young, but that seems unlikely with one this size. If the baby couldn't fly she must have left it somewhere else, as they all left at dusk.
Thanks to Jakob at Afribats and Lara and Charles Foley for the id- any guesses on the species? at Pangani, Tanga, Tanzania
I'd be interested in more information on what's going on here- is the female still lactating? is the youngster fully volant?