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Bats: ID Needed?

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Kooning
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Re: Bats: ID Needed?

Unread postby Kooning » Mon Aug 27, 2012 8:38 pm

I own a camera trap that I recently placed in the Woody Cape section of Addo Elephant NP and it managed to photograph a bat! (The ID was easy enough thanks to the tail :wink: , but I won't spoil it for the rest).

However I was wondering about the colour. From what I've read it sounds like the "normal" colour is rather pale and that there is a "rufous" variant that is especially common in the eastern parts of it's range. Now, since this is the only colour I've photographed I'm not sure whether it the "normal pale" or the "darker rufous" colour?
Maybe Batmad can come to the rescue?

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Btw, if you are interested in some more camera trap images of other mammals from the Woody Cape, then you should be able to find it by searching for something like "woody cape camera trap" on google.
(I don't want to directly link to the site from these forums, there might be some rules against it that, I must admit, I haven't read
:whistle: )

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Re: Bats: ID Needed?

Unread postby Batmad » Fri Aug 31, 2012 9:29 pm

Hi There Kooning!

Nycteris thebaica has an orange sort of form and the more common pale form. Often one can see a mixture of the two forms as in the case with your photo. Your bat has a slight bit of orange colouring on his head area.
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Bats : lower sabie found these guys hanging out

Unread postby neilo » Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:51 pm

Hi Everyone,

What species is this ?

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Thanks,

Neil.

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Re: Bats : lower sabie found these guys hanging out

Unread postby davejenny » Thu Oct 18, 2012 1:56 pm

Wahlberg's Epauletted Fruit Bat (Epomophorus wahlbergi) is my guess.

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Re: Bats : lower sabie found these guys hanging out

Unread postby Batmad » Wed Oct 31, 2012 9:39 pm

Neilo- It is an Epualetted Fruit Bat (either Peters or Walhbergs) however one would have to examine the cranial characteristics in order to make a positive identification :)
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Re: Bats : lower sabie found these guys hanging out

Unread postby Batmad » Wed Oct 31, 2012 9:41 pm

Where about's did you find these guys? We know of one Epualetted Fruit Bat roost at Lower Sabie which is near the pool area...
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