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 | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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What

Straw-colored fruit bat Eidolon helvum

Observer

agnisbet

Date

March 1, 2007 12:00 AM HST

Description

Supposedly the largest colony of fruit bats in Africa.

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.

jakob Project curator ID

Miniopterus maghrebensis

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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

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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.

natalie Project curator ID

Cardioderma cor

Photos / Sounds

What

Felten's myotis Myotis punicus

Observer

jimbo

Date

May 12, 2009

Description

male FA 95mm - F3 59,3mm

natalie 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

natalie Project curator ID

Plecotus gaisleri

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

Observer

jimbo

Date

May 12, 2009

Description

FA 65mm - F3 38,5mm

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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

jakob 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

Description

nearly 2.000 ind resting

natalie Project curator ID

Eidolon helvum

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

Observer

jimbo

Date

November 9, 2011

Description

typical "mating call" several times during the early night of 9-10 November 2011

Photos / Sounds

Square

Observer

jimbo

Date

November 9, 2011

Description

80 to 100 ind in a small cave

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What

Hairy slit-faced bat Nycteris hispida

Observer

jimbo

Date

November 13, 2011

Description

male

natalie Project curator ID

Nycteris hispida

Photos / Sounds

Observer

jimbo

Date

November 10, 2011

Description

femal

Photos / Sounds

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What

Geoffroy's trident leaf-nosed bat Asellia tridens

Observer

jorgelscar

Date

September 13, 2012 03:53 PM HST

natalie Project curator ID

Asellia tridens

Photos / Sounds

What

African sheath-tailed bat Coleura afra

Observer

natalie

Date

April 13, 2014

Description

bat colony roosting in basement of historical slave dungeon, situated on a small island just off the coast

natalie Project curator ID

Coleura afra

Photos / Sounds

What

Greater Mascarene flying fox Pteropus niger

Observer

rinahart169

Date

July 7, 2014 12:09 AM GST

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

There are 4 different individuals in these photos. One of the bats is eating 'badamier' fruit. While taking these shots, someone came to talk to me (god...he went to describe how his friend makes bat soup and how 'his friend' enjoyed the bat's head the most..disgusting).

natalie Project curator ID

Pteropus niger

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

Observer

jimbo

Date

April 27, 2010

Description

colony of nearly 150 ind.

6 captured

foreram length : 45,4 male / 46,2 female / 46,3 F / 46,5 F / 45,9 F / 46,2 F

jakob Project curator ID

Hipposideros tephrus

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Chaerephon major Tadarida major

Observer

jimbo

Date

October 29, 2008

Description

4 captured (2 females, 2 males)

forearm lenght : 38,5 female / 38,5 male / 39,7 female / 41,8 male)

Photos / Sounds

What

Yellow-bellied House Bat Scotophilus dinganii

Observer

jimbo

Date

October 29, 2008

Description

2008-10-28 : 2 ind captured
2008-10-29 : 4 ind captured (3 biopsie send to Dr RG Trijillo, University of MO, Columbia, MO, USA)

Forearm length : 51,4 Male / 52,5 Male / 54 Male / 55,4 Female

natalie Project curator ID

Scotophilus dinganii

Photos / Sounds

What

Bushveld horseshoe bat Rhinolophus simulator

Observer

jimbo

Date

October 27, 2008

Description

approximately 20 ind in a cave (one captured)

natalie Project curator ID

Rhinolophus simulator

Photos / Sounds

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What

Epauletted fruit bats Genus Epomophorus

Observer

wildlifetravel

Date

May 22, 2014 06:26 PM HST

natalie Project curator ID

Genus Epomophorus

Photos / Sounds

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What

Yellow-winged bat Lavia frons

Observer

wildlifetravel

Date

May 22, 2014 06:26 PM HST

jakob Project curator ID

Lavia frons

Photos / Sounds

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What

Yellow-winged bat Lavia frons

Observer

wildlifetravel

Date

May 22, 2014 06:26 PM HST

natalie Project curator ID

Lavia frons

Photos / Sounds

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What

Heart-nosed bat Cardioderma cor

Observer

wildlifetravel

Date

May 25, 2014 02:00 PM HST

natalie Project curator ID

Cardioderma cor

Photos / Sounds

Observer

amasabaaluizah

Date

February 16, 2007

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Horseshoe bats Genus Rhinolophus

Observer

captnemo

Date

February 9, 2006

Description

Seen in Lobatse caves

Tags

natalie Project curator ID

Genus Rhinolophus

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Straw-colored fruit bat Eidolon helvum

Observer

amasabaaluizah

Date

the past

nico64 Project curator ID

Eidolon helvum

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Old World Fruit Bats Family Pteropodidae

Observer

amasabaaluizah

Date

February 16, 2007

natalie Project curator ID

Family Pteropodidae
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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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