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 | 1 comments | Leave a comment
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Photos / Sounds

Square

Observer

nicsi76

Date

May 1, 2008

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

hundreds of bats in the trees there

jakob Project curator ID

Eidolon helvum

Photos / Sounds

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What

Mauritian tomb bat Taphozous mauritianus

Observer

syoung371

Date

January 21, 2015 07:35 AM EST

Description

Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania

jakob Project curator ID

Taphozous mauritianus

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Yellow-winged bat Lavia frons

Observer

djp

Date

August 25, 2011

Description

Yellow winged bat watched hawking for insects in the day time (11:20 am) in Murchison Falls National Park Uganda

jakob Project curator ID

Lavia frons

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Mauritian tomb bat Taphozous mauritianus

Observer

djp

Date

August 22, 2011

Description

Seen in a compound in Okurum Eastern Uganda - on the side of a building watched for most of the duration of our stay (nearly two weeks)

jakob Project curator ID

Taphozous mauritianus

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Yellow-winged bat Lavia frons

Observer

dejong

Date

March 28, 2015

Description

Photograph by Tom Butynski & Yvonne de Jong, wildsolutions.nl

natalie Project curator ID

Lavia frons

Photos / Sounds

What

Egyptian rousette Rousettus aegyptiacus

Observer

fannymartinez

Date

January 8, 2015 04:40 AM HST

Description

Plentiful

jakob Project curator ID

Rousettus aegyptiacus

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Peters's flat-headed bat Platymops setiger

Observer

paulwebala

Date

April 2, 2015

Place

Mwingi (Google, OSM)

jakob Project curator ID

Platymops setiger

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

What

Epauletted Fruit Bats Genus Epomophorus

Observer

johnnybirder

Date

February 28, 2015 06:13 PM SAST

Photos / Sounds

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What

Hammer-headed Fruit Bat Hypsignathus monstrosus

Observer

lakewalker

Date

January 29, 2015 12:41 PM HST

Description

Seen in Entebbe Botanical Gardens Uganda

natalie Project curator ID

Hypsignathus monstrosus

Photos / Sounds

What

Hairy slit-faced bat Nycteris hispida

Observer

muir

Date

March 31, 2015 07:10 AM CET

Description

Found dead, and half-eaten. Most likely predator candidate = domestic cat.

natalie Project curator ID

Nycteris hispida

Photos / Sounds

Observer

nick22

Date

March 29, 2015

natalie Project curator ID

Genus Tadarida

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Straw-colored fruit bat Eidolon helvum

Observer

silviaceppi

Date

March 25, 2015

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

This is Eric, the same individual posted on the 9th of February 2015, now trying to practice flying and growing very well on a diet of pasteurised milk and banana, with some variation of guava and mango.
He tries wild figs but does not seem able to break into them.
Radius is now 8.7 cm and body weight of 100 g (+/- 10g)!

natalie Project curator ID

Eidolon helvum

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Campo-Ma’an fruit bat Casinycteris campomaanensis

Observer

jakob

Date

November 21, 2007

Description

natalie Project curator ID

Casinycteris campomaanensis

Photos / Sounds

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What

Straw-colored fruit bat Eidolon helvum

Observer

martinfarrell

Date

July 8, 2010 12:31 PM HST

Place

(Somewhere...)

natalie Project curator ID

Eidolon helvum

Photos / Sounds

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What

? Eidolon helvum

Observer

muchaxo

Date

October 8, 2011 07:20 AM HST

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

many large bats in colony in city's botanical park.
Maputo, jardim botânico.
Mozambique

jakob Project curator ID

Eidolon helvum

Photos / Sounds

What

Epauletted Fruit Bats Genus Epomophorus

Observer

dejong

Date

February 22, 2015

Description

Photograph by Y.A. de Jong & T.M. Butynski, wildsolutions.nl

Altitude 1150 m asl

Feeding on Milicia excelsa fruit

natalie Project curator ID

Genus Epomophorus

Photos / Sounds

What

Straw-colored fruit bat Eidolon helvum

Observer

holger

Date

January 19, 2014

Place

(Somewhere...)

Photos / Sounds

What

Straw-colored fruit bat Eidolon helvum

Observer

jakob

Date

December 1, 2012

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Observation courtesy of David Moyer and David Lloyd-Jones.

Colony roosting in trees on small island and in a 1.5 km-stretch of riverine vegetation along the Ruhudji River.

Very large colony: evening emergence lasted for 20 min.

carrieseltzer Project curator ID

Eidolon helvum

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Straw-colored fruit bat Eidolon helvum

Observer

jakob

Date

November 4, 2014

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Observation courtesy of Olly Griffin:
www.researchgate.net/profile/Olly_Griffin

natalie Project curator ID

Eidolon helvum

Photos / Sounds

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What

Straw-colored fruit bat Eidolon helvum

Observer

jeffrozwadowski

Date

December 17, 2005

Place

(Somewhere...)

jakob Project curator ID

Eidolon helvum

Photos / Sounds

What

Gambian Epauletted Fruit Bat Epomophorus gambianus

Observer

amasabaaluizah

Date

January 22, 2015 04:55 PM HST

Photos / Sounds

What

Gambian Epauletted Fruit Bat Epomophorus gambianus

Observer

amasabaaluizah

Date

December 16, 2014 04:00 PM HST

natalie Project curator ID

Epomophorus gambianus

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Straw-colored fruit bat Eidolon helvum

Observer

amasabaaluizah

Date

September 24, 2014

Place

(Somewhere...)

natalie Project curator ID

Eidolon helvum

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Straw-colored fruit bat Eidolon helvum

Observer

jakob

Date

May 8, 2007

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

natalie Project curator ID

Eidolon helvum

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Yellow-winged bat Lavia frons

Observer

ibat

Date

January 29, 2015

Description

Hunting in the bar of the Lodge

natalie Project curator ID

Lavia frons

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Wahlberg's Epauletted Fruit Bat Epomophorus wahlbergi

Observer

martinahoelzllwg

Date

November 15, 2014

Description

Family group of Wahlberg's Epauletted Fruit Bat that lives in our garden

natalie Project curator ID

Epomophorus wahlbergi

Photos / Sounds

Observer

nickh

Date

December 17, 2014

Description

Roosting 2m high on trunk of large tree. Roughly 10cm long (similar size to what I would expect of S. dinganii).

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Straw-colored fruit bat Eidolon helvum

Observer

silviaceppi

Date

February 9, 2015 10:10 AM EAT

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Baby bat found on dead mother on the grounds of the Arusha municipality.

natalie Project curator ID

Eidolon helvum

Photos / Sounds

Observer

sindic

Date

December 28, 2007

natalie Project curator ID

Rhinopoma cystops ssp. arabium

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Rhinolophus acrotis Rhinolophus clivosus

Observer

sindic

Date

January 10, 2008
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The bat fauna of Africa and surrounding islands boasts more than 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 ...more ↓

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