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 11:57 AM by jakob jakob | 1 comments | Leave a comment
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What

Horseshoe bats Genus Rhinolophus

Observer

martinahoelzllwg

Date

January 23, 2015

Description

Since October 2014 we have a single Horseshoe Bat (Rhinolophus species) living in our garden at Littlewood Garden. It sleeps during the day in our "Cave Bar" next to the swimming pool. It doesn't seem to be very scared of us.

nico64 Project curator ID

Genus Rhinolophus

Photos / Sounds

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What

Straw-colored fruit bat Eidolon helvum

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

May 25, 2008 06:51 AM EAT

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Terribly backlit photos, but definitely Eidolon.

natalie Project curator ID

Eidolon helvum

Photos / Sounds

What

Wahlberg's Epauletted Fruit Bat Epomophorus wahlbergi

Observer

martinahoelzllwg

Date

January 22, 2015

Description

A Group of Wahlberg's Epauletted Fruit Bats come here every spring (October) to mate and raise their offspring. They sleep during the day in a King Palm (Archontophoenix alexandrea). At the moment we have about 14 bats here with at least 4 female bats with babies, some smaller juvenile bats and some grown up bats. The maximum we counted 32 bats here in our palm tree. They come every year to the same tree.

natalie Project curator ID

Epomophorus wahlbergi

Photos / Sounds

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What

Madagascan flying fox Pteropus rufus

Observer

jamesbrown

Date

November 10, 2014 01:52 PM HST

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Flying-fox, Berenty, Madagascar

natalie Project curator ID

Pteropus rufus

Photos / Sounds

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What

Epauletted Fruit Bats Genus Epomophorus

Observer

terathopius

Date

June 24, 2013 12:00 AM HST

Description

Two species are inseparable in the field but more likely this is Peters's

natalie Project curator ID

Genus Epomophorus

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Mauritian tomb bat Taphozous mauritianus

Observer

anncna

Date

January 9, 2015

Description

Hi Jakob,

I think I found a pair of Mauritian Tomb Bats (?) in our camp.

They seemed to roost at one of our units in camp for quite some years already but it was the first time I could snap some photos.

Cheers Anna

natalie Project curator ID

Taphozous mauritianus

Photos / Sounds

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What

Epauletted Fruit Bats Genus Epomophorus

Date

September 16, 2011 07:52 PM HST

natalie Project curator ID

Genus Epomophorus

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

What

Straw-colored fruit bat Eidolon helvum

Observer

boomkrekel

Date

December 4, 2014

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Flying E overhead at dusk

jakob Project curator ID

Eidolon helvum

Photos / Sounds

What

Hairy slit-faced bat Nycteris hispida

Observer

sanghalodge

Date

April 23, 2014

natalie Project curator ID

Nycteris hispida

Photos / Sounds

Observer

sanghalodge

Date

January 5, 2015

natalie Project curator ID

Genus Kerivoula

Photos / Sounds

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What

Epauletted Fruit Bats Genus Epomophorus

Observer

lisaeller

Date

November 11, 2014 03:41 PM HST

Description

A small group of Epauletted Fruit Bats. They would roost in this particular tree from time to time. I would often look for them when I walked around.

nico64 Project curator ID

Genus Epomophorus

Photos / Sounds

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What

Epauletted Fruit Bats Genus Epomophorus

Observer

lisaeller

Date

November 11, 2014 03:41 PM HST

Description

A small group of Epauletted Fruit Bats. They would roost in this particular tree from time to time. I would often look for them when I walked around.

natalie Project curator ID

Genus Epomophorus

Photos / Sounds

What

Straw-colored fruit bat Eidolon helvum

Observer

jakob

Date

December 2, 2014

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

GPS-logger # FT 14 taking off...

nico64 Project curator ID

Eidolon helvum

Photos / Sounds

What

Straw-colored fruit bat Eidolon helvum

Observer

jakob

Date

November 30, 2014

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

GPS-logger # 4158

No, we didn't put him on the clothes line to dry. And yes, he's into bodybuilding.

carrieseltzer Project curator ID

Eidolon helvum

Photos / Sounds

What

Straw-colored fruit bat Eidolon helvum

Observer

jakob

Date

November 30, 2014

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Left eye "sagging": pupil enlarged and just visible above lower eye lid

carrieseltzer Project curator ID

Eidolon helvum

Photos / Sounds

What

Straw-colored fruit bat Eidolon helvum

Observer

jakob

Date

November 29, 2014

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

forearm length of young: 55 mm

carrieseltzer Project curator ID

Eidolon helvum

Photos / Sounds

What

Chaerephon pumilus Tadarida pumila

Observer

jakob

Date

December 11, 2014

Description

C-C: 4.9, M^3-M^3: 6.8, C-M^3: 6.1

dorsal pelage grey, ventral pelage grey with white belly

jakob Project curator ID

Tadarida pumila

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Yellow-bellied House Bat Scotophilus dinganii

Observer

jakob

Date

December 11, 2014

Description

C-C: 7.0, M^3-M^3: 10.6, C-M^3: 7.55

dorsal pelage olive, ventral pelage yellow

jakob Project curator ID

Scotophilus dinganii

Photos / Sounds

What

Natal long-fingered bat Miniopterus natalensis

Observer

jakob

Date

December 11, 2014

Description

C-C: 4.45, M^3-M^3: 6.33, C-M^3: 5.98

pelage molting from grey-brown to grey

natalie Project curator ID

Miniopterus natalensis

Photos / Sounds

What

Yellow-bellied House Bat Scotophilus dinganii

Observer

jakob

Date

December 11, 2014

Description

C-C: 7.4, M^3-M^3: 10.7

dorsal pelage olive, ventral pelage yellow

jakob Project curator ID

Scotophilus dinganii

Photos / Sounds

What

Yellow-bellied House Bat Scotophilus dinganii

Observer

jakob

Date

December 11, 2014

Description

C-C: 7.0, M^3-M^3: 10.6

dorsal pelage olive, ventral pelage pale yellow

jakob Project curator ID

Scotophilus dinganii

Photos / Sounds

What

Peters's Epauletted Fruit Bat Epomophorus crypturus

Observer

jakob

Date

December 12, 2014

nico64 Project curator ID

Epomophorus crypturus

Photos / Sounds

What

Straw-colored fruit bat Eidolon helvum

Observer

milletman

Date

January 5, 2015

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

On Monday, 5th Jan 2015, I counted Straw-Colored Fruit Bats roosting in trees A to G outside the northeast corner of the compound & trees 01 to 31 along the northern & northwestern wall of the BCEAO compound in Niamey, Niger.

Today's count was conservatively estimated as more than 7,262 individuals (my by-guess & by-golly estimate based on my daily drive-by was 8,000 to 10,000, & appears tobe reasonably accurate). Numbers are up substantially since my 2nd count of this colony in early November 2014.

carrieseltzer Project curator ID

Eidolon helvum

Photos / Sounds

What

Straw-colored fruit bat Eidolon helvum

Observer

jakob

Date

December 13, 2014

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Another stunning evening emergence.

carrieseltzer Project curator ID

Eidolon helvum

Photos / Sounds

What

Slit-faced bats Genus Nycteris

Observer

jakob

Date

December 13, 2014

Description

Roosting in hollow Parkia filicoidea tree:
www.inaturalist.org/observations/1169526

jakob Project curator ID

Genus Nycteris

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Madagascan flying fox Pteropus rufus

Observer

martinmandak

Date

November 24, 2014

Place

(Somewhere...)

natalie Project curator ID

Pteropus rufus

Photos / Sounds

What

Commerson's roundleaf bat Hipposideros commersonii

Observer

martinmandak

Date

November 15, 2014

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Campsite

natalie Project curator ID

Hipposideros commersonii

Photos / Sounds

What

Commerson's roundleaf bat Hipposideros commersonii

Observer

martinmandak

Date

November 11, 2014

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Along the main road to the Camp of the Princes

natalie Project curator ID

Hipposideros commersonii

Photos / Sounds

What

Commerson's roundleaf bat Hipposideros commersonii

Observer

martinmandak

Date

November 10, 2014

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

3 indiviuals in the Benavo Cave (approximate location)

natalie Project curator ID

Hipposideros commersonii

Photos / Sounds

What

Madagascan rousette Rousettus madagascariensis

Observer

martinmandak

Date

November 9, 2014

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Several hundred individuals in the smaller cave

natalie Project curator ID

Rousettus madagascariensis
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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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