1000th observation passed!

Today, the AfriBats-project passed its 1000th observation with a beautiful series of long-term observations of a family of Mauritian tomb bats (Taphozous mauritianus) by Martin Grimm from Tanzania.

Since the last collection of highlights, there's been a fantastic and increasing number of bat observations from around Africa, Madagascar and smaller islands. Some were obtained during dedicated research projects while a large number was contributed by interested citizen scientists.

Jack Bradbury, of Hypsignathus-fame, shared some of his historic bat observations from Gabon, which date back to the 1970ies and which were taken during a time when technology was far less advanced than today. Hard to imagine the serious constraints to bat research ...more ↓

Posted on May 27, 2014 02:57 PM by jakob jakob | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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What

Rufous mouse-eared bat Myotis bocagii

Observer

i_c_riddell

Date

October 26, 1981 01:30 PM CAT

Place

Chivero (Google, OSM)

jakob Project curator ID

Myotis bocagii

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What

Straw-colored fruit bat Eidolon helvum

Observer

berylmakori

Date

September 27, 2014

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

a wonderful colony of Eidolon helvum

jakob Project curator ID

Eidolon helvum

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What

Western sheath-tailed bat Paremballonura tiavato

Observer

audreyw

Date

September 15, 2014 05:15 PM HST

Description

During a visit to Anjajavy Reserve/hotel, we took a short drive (15 min) to a small cave, and saw about 20 of these bats hanging overhead.

jakob Project curator ID

Paremballonura tiavato

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What

Yellow-winged bat Lavia frons

Observer

lakewalker

Date

September 6, 2014 05:09 PM HST

Description

Flying around the dining area at Lake Natron Tented Camp Tanzania

natalie Project curator ID

Lavia frons

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What

Horseshoe bats Genus Rhinolophus

Observer

sammy

Date

September 9, 2014 07:51 AM EAT

Description

Mid sized bat, caught in bird mist net early morning.

natalie Project curator ID

Genus Rhinolophus

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What

Slit-faced bats Genus Nycteris

Observer

dejong

Date

October 10, 2014

natalie Project curator ID

Genus Nycteris

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What

Striped leaf-nosed bat Hipposideros vittatus

Observer

zimbush

Date

October 8, 2014

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Found a bat hanging upside down fluttering just above the ground , closer inspection revealed a neck injury .

natalie Project curator ID

Hipposideros vittatus

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What

Straw-colored fruit bat Eidolon helvum

Observer

gilbertkouam

Date

February 27, 2014 07:39 PM HST

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Chaque soir à 18H, une grande colonie de chauves-souris sortent de la ville d'Abidjan.

natalie Project curator ID

Eidolon helvum

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What

Epauletted Fruit Bats Genus Epomophorus

Observer

nick22

Date

October 8, 2014

Description

2 Bats under a palm leaf in my garden

natalie Project curator ID

Genus Epomophorus

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What

Epauletted Fruit Bats Genus Epomophorus

Observer

anncna

Date

August 26, 2014

Description

2 Epauletted Fruit Bats were roosting regular in the tree in our garden. They looked both like males as they were very big. But not 100% sure...
They were there from the 26/08/2014 - 08/09/2014

natalie Project curator ID

Genus Epomophorus

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No photos or sounds

What

Epauletted Fruit Bats Genus Epomophorus

Observer

anncna

Date

May 24, 2014

Description

From the 24/05 to the 03/06 the bats are back everyday in the same tree. I counted them every day. Here are the numbers of individuals:

24/05: 13 + 2 babies
25/05: 13 + 2 babies
26/05: 12 + 1 baby
27/05: 14 + 1 baby
28/05: 13 + 1 baby
29/05: 10 + 1 baby
30/05: 10 + 1 baby
31/05: 12 + 1 baby
01/06: 10 + 1 baby
02/06: 11 + 1 baby
03/06: 8 + 1 baby

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Observer

congonaturalist

Date

April 26, 2014 08:14 PM CEST

natalie Project curator ID

Genus Tadarida

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What

Noack's roundleaf bat Hipposideros ruber

Observer

paultehoda

Date

September 12, 2014

Description

Noack’s Roundleaf Bat

natalie Project curator ID

Hipposideros ruber

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What

Hairy slit-faced bat Nycteris hispida

Observer

dejong

Date

September 27, 2014

Description

Photograph by De Jong & Butynski, wildsolutions.nl

natalie Project curator ID

Nycteris hispida

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What

Horseshoe bats Genus Rhinolophus

Observer

joachim

Date

September 20, 2014

Description

8 speciemen in a chamber of the cave
horseshoebat??

natalie Project curator ID

Genus Rhinolophus

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What

African sheath-tailed bat Coleura afra

Observer

gvi_shimoni

Date

September 15, 2014

Description

Forearm length: 5cm
head to tail Length: 6.5cm

Tags

GVI

natalie Project curator ID

Coleura afra

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What

Mastiff Bats Family Molossidae

Observer

nick22

Date

September 20, 2014

Description

Relatively small Bat that was flying around in our room

natalie Project curator ID

Family Molossidae

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What

Vesper Bats Family Vespertilionidae

Observer

johannsnyman

Date

September 16, 2014 08:40 PM HST

natalie Project curator ID

Family Vespertilionidae

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What

Maendeleo horseshoe bat Rhinolophus maendeleo

Observer

jakob

Date

February 25, 1992

Description

mistnetted 19:10-19:30 h

Kock, D., Csorba, G.& Howell, K.M., 2000. Rhinolophus maendeleo n. sp. from Tanzania, a horseshoe bat noteworthy for its systematics and biogeography (Mammalia, Chiroptera, Rhinolophidae). Senckenbergiana biol. 80(1/2): 233-239.

jakob Project curator ID

Rhinolophus maendeleo

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What

Horseshoe Bats Family Rhinolophidae

Observer

denism

Date

September 20, 2010

jakob Project curator ID

Family Rhinolophidae

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What

Old World Roundleaf Bats Genus Hipposideros

Observer

gvi_shimoni

Date

the past

Description

Approx 6 inches head to tail.

natalie Project curator ID

Genus Hipposideros

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What

African trident bat Triaenops afer

Observer

gvi_shimoni

Date

September 1, 2014

Description

Approx 3 inches head to tail.

natalie Project curator ID

Triaenops afer

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What

African sheath-tailed bat Coleura afra

Observer

gvi_shimoni

Date

September 1, 2014

Description

Approx 4 inches head to tail.

Tail half sheathed.

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What

Bent-winged bats Genus Miniopterus

Observer

gvi_shimoni

Date

September 1, 2014

Description

Approx 2-3 inches head to tail.

natalie Project curator ID

Genus Miniopterus

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What

Bent-winged bats Genus Miniopterus

Observer

gvi_shimoni

Date

September 1, 2014

Description

Approx 2-3 inches head to tail.

natalie Project curator ID

Genus Miniopterus

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What

Tomb Bats Genus Taphozous

Observer

gvi_shimoni

Date

September 1, 2014

Description

Approx 3 inches head to tail.

natalie Project curator ID

Genus Taphozous

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What

African sheath-tailed bat Coleura afra

Observer

gvi_shimoni

Date

September 1, 2014

Description

approx 3 inches head to tail.

natalie Project curator ID

Coleura afra

Photos / Sounds

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What

Egyptian Fruit Bat Rousettus aegyptiacus

Observer

gvi_shimoni

Date

September 1, 2014

Description

Approx 6 inches head to tail.

natalie Project curator ID

Rousettus aegyptiacus

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What

African trident bat Triaenops afer

Observer

gvi_shimoni

Date

September 1, 2014

Description

approx 3 inches head to tail.

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The bat fauna of Africa and surrounding islands boasts nearly 300 species, but the distributions of many species are poorly known. Despite the crucial role of bats (Chiroptera) as pollinators and seed dispersers of plants as well as predators of insects, one-fifth of the bat species in Africa are threatened, and populations are declining due to habitat loss, disturbance and destruction of roost ...more ↓

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