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 05:57 PM by jakob jakob | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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What

Greater Mascarene flying fox Pteropus niger

Observer

rinahart169

Date

August 28, 2014 09:13 PM GST

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Took these shot during a hike up Lion Mountain (Mauritius).

jakob Project curator ID

Pteropus niger

Photos / Sounds

What

Straw-colored fruit bat Eidolon helvum

Observer

abedilartey

Date

August 8, 2014

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Eidoloon, helvum, colony

jakob Project curator ID

Eidolon helvum

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Straw-colored fruit bat Eidolon helvum

Observer

abedilartey

Date

July 26, 2014

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Eidolon, helvum

jakob Project curator ID

Eidolon helvum

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Little collared fruit bat Myonycteris torquata

Observer

irorotanshi

Date

April 23, 2011

Tags

ONP

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Zenker's fruit bat Scotonycteris zenkeri

Observer

irorotanshi

Date

April 23, 2011

Photos / Sounds

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What

Horseshoe bats Genus Rhinolophus

Observer

kitbarn75

Date

July 28, 2014 10:07 AM CET

Description

This little guy apparently roosts here every day. We saw him or her in the exact same place hanging from the roof at the Cheetah Conservation Fund. I am sure you could contact the folks there and find out more info:
cheetah.org

jakob Project curator ID

Genus Rhinolophus

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Bats Order Chiroptera

Observer

makgobokgobo

Date

August 18, 2013 08:07 AM UTC

Place

Kindia (Google, OSM)

Tags

jakob Project curator ID

Genus Tadarida

Photos / Sounds

What

Nycteris sp. Genus Nycteris

Observer

belaud

Date

April 1, 2014

Description

According to Jakob Fahr = Nycteris sp.

jakob Project curator ID

Genus Nycteris

Photos / Sounds

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Observer

charlierussell

Date

July 17, 2014 06:38 AM PDT

Description

Fruit Bats at Rekero Camp

jakob Project curator ID

Genus Epomophorus

Photos / Sounds

Square

Observer

ben_risky

Date

May 22, 2014

Place

L. Jipe (Google, OSM)

Description

A single bat caught in mist net at the eastern Shore of L. Jipe in Tsavo National park

Photos / Sounds

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What

Yellow-winged bat Lavia frons

Observer

joeknapman

Date

July 12, 2014 07:13 PM HST

Description

Yellow Winged Bat frequented our camp for 3 nights in a row, keeping us safe from the mosquito's and moths in Masai Mara

jakob Project curator ID

Lavia frons

Photos / Sounds

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What

Mauritian tomb bat Taphozous mauritianus

Observer

martingrimm

Date

August 18, 2014 03:46 PM EAT

Description

One guest? The dark one on the right side should be new...

jakob Project curator ID

Taphozous mauritianus

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

straw-coloured fruit bat Eidolon helvum

Observer

kushtimada

Date

May 25, 2014

Place

(Somewhere...)

natalie Project curator ID

Eidolon helvum

Photos / Sounds

What

Mauritian tomb bat Taphozous mauritianus

Observer

martingrimm

Date

August 10, 2014 03:29 PM EAT

Description

Found them on the other side of the house. Have been searching there sometimes, quite sure they haven't been there.

jakob Project curator ID

Taphozous mauritianus

Photos / Sounds

Square

Observer

anthonytw

Date

May 3, 2014

Description

Large number of bats inside a giant baobab tree which also hosts an alter for local rituals.

jakob Project curator ID

Genus Nycteris

Photos / Sounds

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What

Epauletted fruit bats Genus Epomophorus

Observer

ovenbird1

Date

January 21, 2012 08:02 AM HST

natalie Project curator ID

Genus Epomophorus

Photos / Sounds

Square

Observer

jennifer4

Date

March 5, 2014

Place

(Somewhere...)

nico64 Project curator ID

Eidolon helvum

Photos / Sounds

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What

Yellow-winged bat Lavia frons

Observer

ovenbird1

Date

November 11, 2006 06:17 PM HST

Tags

nico64 Project curator ID

Lavia frons

Photos / Sounds

Square

Observer

valbinza

Date

February 9, 2013

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

On that particular day around 11am we could see bats flying around. It is quite unusual because they usually fly only at dusk or dawn along the North-South coast of Libreville.

natalie Project curator ID

Eidolon helvum

Photos / Sounds

What

Straw-colored fruit bat Eidolon helvum

Observer

agnisbet

Date

March 1, 2007 12:00 AM HST

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Supposedly the largest colony of fruit bats in Africa.

nico64 Project curator ID

Eidolon helvum

Photos / Sounds

What

Maghrebian bent-wing bat Miniopterus maghrebensis

Observer

jakob

Date

April 26, 2008

Description

Puechmaille, S.J., Allegrini, B., Benda, P., Gürün, K., Šrámek, J., Ibáñez, C., Juste B., J., Bilgin, R., 2014. A new species of the Miniopterus schreibersii species complex (Chiroptera: Miniopteridae) from the Maghreb Region, North Africa. Zootaxa 3794: 108-124.

nico64 Project curator ID

Miniopterus maghrebensis

Photos / Sounds

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What

Epauletted fruit bats Genus Epomophorus

Observer

jekelley

Date

June 8, 2014 05:31 AM HST

Description

Soo Cute! Okavango Delta, Botswana

jakob Project curator ID

Epomophorus crypturus

Photos / Sounds

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What

Heart-nosed bat Cardioderma cor

Observer

elizabeth7

Date

May 13, 2014 05:13 PM EAT

Description

Resident in our lodge.

nico64 Project curator ID

Cardioderma cor

Photos / Sounds

What

Felten's myotis Myotis punicus

Observer

jimbo

Date

May 12, 2009

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

male FA 95mm - F3 59,3mm

nico64 Project curator ID

Myotis punicus

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

Observer

jimbo

Date

May 12, 2009

Description

3 females, FA 71mm -F3 41mm + FA 70mm - F3 39,1 + female with new-born immediatly relaesed

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Gaisler's long-eared bat Plecotus gaisleri

Observer

jimbo

Date

May 12, 2009

Description

3 females, FA 71mm -F3 41mm + FA 70mm - F3 39,1 + female with new-born immediatly relaesed

nico64 Project curator ID

Plecotus gaisleri

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

Observer

jimbo

Date

May 12, 2009

Description

FA 65mm - F3 38,5mm

Photos / Sounds

What

Kuhl's pipistrelle Pipistrellus kuhlii

Observer

jimbo

Date

May 10, 2009

Description

male FA 32,6mm - F3 57mm + female full pregnant FA 33,7mm - F3 60mm

nico64 Project curator ID

Pipistrellus kuhlii

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

Observer

jimbo

Date

November 26, 2007

Description

one ind feeding on Annona cherimola fruit

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Straw-colored fruit bat Eidolon helvum

Observer

jimbo

Date

November 22, 2007

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

nearly 2.000 ind resting

natalie Project curator ID

Eidolon helvum
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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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