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 Post subject: Re: Rarest mammal in all of SANParks
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Image Epauletted ? is that this one? They make a sound when flying sometimes that sound like a hammer on an anvil "ping ping ping "

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 Post subject: Re: Rarest mammal in all of SANParks
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NetEk- indeed that is an Epauletted Fruit Bat ;) The ping ping sound is their mating call which the males make whilst hanging and flapping their wings and raising their white Epaulettes, hence the name Epauletted Fruit Bat :D

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 Post subject: Re: Bats, Epauletted Fruit
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Hi there Mant,

Your bats are indeed apart of the genus Epomophrus however one cannot get the indentification down to species level due to the lack of examination of the palatal ridges which is imperative in order to distinguish between E.Crypturus and E.Walhbergi.

Could you possibly give me more info on where in Biyamiti these bats roost and any other info? It's a first sighting reported of these bats from Biyamiti although apparently it's a well known roost? One can just see the importance of public submissions and the public being aware and serving as citizen scientists! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Rarest mammal in all of SANParks
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Yeah , also flying around in circles , sounding like a puppy , all night long .......

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 Post subject: Re: Bats, Epauletted Fruit
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johanrebel wrote:
It is worth noting that Peter's and Wahlberg's are not the only fruit bats in Kruger. Egyptian Fruit Bat has been recorded at Pafuri. That's a cave-dwelling species, the ones that roost at Pafuri Camp are Wahlberg's

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I seem to recall that there has been records of Straw-coloured Fruit Bat from Pafuri as well.

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 Post subject: Re: Bats, Epauletted Fruit
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deefstes wrote:
I seem to recall that there has been records of Straw-coloured Fruit Bat from Pafuri as well.
The species is indeed on the Pafuri bat checklist. It not mentioned in any of the recent survey reports (February and November 2010), though. The surveys did add another three species to the list.

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 Post subject: Re: Bats, Epauletted Fruit
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As far as we know there is no stable population of African Straw-coloured Fruit Bat in South Africa which migrate to SA season to season and the records that are around are from individuals who have popped up here and there, mostly in the central parts of South Africa. It is a non breeding migratory species however there is a probable breeding colony at Marromeu in Mozambique, which would be the closest, distance wise, to Pafuri.

One must also remember that Pafuri is known as the bat capital of South Africa and is known for producing once off, weird and wonderful species. Thus, the chances of ASCFB having been recorded here are likely, but the chances of it being encountered within the rest of the park are very low, and thus that record from a few years back would most probably have been just that, a once off sighting.

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 Post subject: Bat - Epauletted Fruit Bat
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There was a small group of these hanging in a tree next to the swimming pool at Lower Sabie.
They were quite exposed in broad day light. I would have thought they roost in a more sheltered spot.

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