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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Square

What

Vesper Bats Family Vespertilionidae

Observer

nick22

Date

November 15, 2014

Photos / Sounds

What

Straw-colored fruit bat Eidolon helvum

Observer

natalie

Date

November 7, 2014

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

large colony of ca. 100.000 individuals on a small inhabited island

jakob Project curator ID

Eidolon helvum

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What

Straw-colored fruit bat Eidolon helvum

Observer

jrme

Date

February 2, 2014

Place

(Somewhere...)

natalie Project curator ID

Eidolon helvum

Photos / Sounds

What

Straw-colored fruit bat Eidolon helvum

Observer

jrme

Date

February 7, 2014

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

big colony in the trees just at the range of the city of Gabu; 1000 is just an estimation with counts during days at roost and in the morning when they come back.

natalie Project curator ID

Eidolon helvum

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Square

What

Yellow-winged bat Lavia frons

Observer

runningfrommoose

Date

July 31, 2014

Description

In the trees over our camp at Lake Natron Tented Campground, Tanzania.

natalie Project curator ID

Lavia frons

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What

Heart-nosed bat Cardioderma cor

Observer

peteredmonds

Date

May 25, 2014 04:02 PM SAST

Description

Heart-nosed Bat : Oldupai Gorge, Ngorongoro, Tanzania

natalie Project curator ID

Cardioderma cor

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Square

What

Madagascan fruit bat Eidolon dupreanum

Observer

herpguy

Date

January 22, 2001

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

These bats were observed during the day in a karst limestone cave near the Ankarana Reserve in northwest Madagascar.

natalie Project curator ID

Eidolon dupreanum

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What

Epauletted Fruit Bats Genus Epomophorus

Observer

anncna

Date

October 22, 2014

Description

22/10/-23/10/: 5 adults + 3babys
24/10/: 6 adults + 3 babys
25/10/: 4 adults + 2 babys
26/10/: 4 adults + 2 babys

I'm off site at the moment & will follow up when I'm back at work.

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jakob Project curator ID

Genus Epomophorus

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No photos or sounds

What

Epauletted Fruit Bats Genus Epomophorus

Observer

jpcraleigh

Date

October 16, 2014

Description

Daytime observation of known roost near a building in Kruger National Park, South Africa

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No photos or sounds

Observer

natalie

Date

October 27, 2014

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

200-300 ind in single palm tree, in front of the embassy of the Central African Republic

natalie Project curator ID

Eidolon helvum

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No photos or sounds

Observer

natalie

Date

October 30, 2014

Place

(Somewhere...)

natalie Project curator ID

Eidolon helvum

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What

Straw-colored fruit bat Eidolon helvum

Observer

natalie

Date

October 26, 2014

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

500+ ind in single palm tree in police compound in small town

jakob Project curator ID

Eidolon helvum

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

Observer

natalie

Date

October 24, 2014

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

ca. 200 ind in single palm tree inside private chicken farm

natalie Project curator ID

Eidolon helvum

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What

Isabell's serotine Eptesicus isabellinus

Date

April 9, 2014 04:08 PM BST

Description

Murciélago hortelano mediterráneo. Morocco herptrip, april 2014

jakob Project curator ID

Eptesicus isabellinus

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Straw-colored fruit bat Eidolon helvum

Observer

aurlie

Date

December 8, 2007

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Dried and smoked bats at a local market in Kinshasa

natalie Project curator ID

Eidolon helvum

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

Observer

natalie

Date

October 24, 2014

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

colony in palm trees in the zoo of Yaounde, 500+ ind

natalie Project curator ID

Eidolon helvum

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Square

What

Straw-colored fruit bat Eidolon helvum

Observer

natalie

Date

October 26, 2014

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

colony in Ficus tree in garden of Gendarmerie commandant, ca. 1000 ind

jakob Project curator ID

Eidolon helvum

Photos / Sounds

What

Straw-colored fruit bat Eidolon helvum

Observer

natalie

Date

October 24, 2014

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

colony of 10.000+ in mango trees along fence of compound of Garde Presidentielle, and inside compound

natalie Project curator ID

Eidolon helvum

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Mauritian tomb bat Taphozous mauritianus

Observer

william6

Date

December 24, 2013

Description

Under eaves; group (12 or so) would scuttle to far side when observed.

Terrible picture, but I believe that these should be distinctive in the area?

jakob Project curator ID

Taphozous mauritianus

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Square

What

Epauletted Fruit Bats Genus Epomophorus

Observer

william6

Date

August 23, 2011

Description

Uncertain of species; seemed best fit; not examined.

Large, couldn't give a precise measurement but would be surprised in wingspan was below 80cm.

Feed in immediate area on guava, mango and particularly Mpundu beans; generally a significant number roosting in date palm, so not inconceivable that they are feeding on those, too.

jakob Project curator ID

Genus Epomophorus

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Striped leaf-nosed bat Hipposideros vittatus

Observer

william6

Date

October 11, 2011

Place

(Somewhere...)

jakob Project curator ID

Hipposideros vittatus

Photos / Sounds

Observer

martingrimm

Date

July 15, 2014 10:14 PM CEST

Photos / Sounds

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

Photos / Sounds

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

Photos / Sounds

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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

Photos / Sounds

Square

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

Photos / Sounds

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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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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