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Bat ID needed please

Unread post by Pjw » Wed Nov 11, 2009 4:49 pm

Hi There
Can anyone ID this bat found in a large combretum tree in my garden in eastern JHB. It seems to be on its own if that helps with the ID?
It is also very nervous. I had to creep up on it to get the photos and sit and wait patiently for it to return to its roost between each photo. It would run and hide among the leaves at any sound. I'm not sure how long it's been there, but we first noticed it last night. We have always seen bats flying in our garden at night near the outside light probably after insects

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Re: Bat ID needed please

Unread post by Robbert » Wed Nov 11, 2009 6:31 pm

Hi Pat,

I think this is the same one?

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Unfortunately i don't know the name either and still looking for. Lets hope somebody is able to help us.
This one was at the Leokwe camp, Mapungubwe NP.

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Re: Bat ID needed please

Unread post by Batmad » Sat Nov 14, 2009 5:28 pm

Sorry i am posting so late,

Really busy with exams at the moment..

Both of your bats are Mauritian Tomb bats (Taphazous mauritianus)

These bats are know for clinging to the wall like this and they will genrally scutter away from you when you try get a pic etc.
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Re: Bats: ID Needed?

Unread post by Merel » Wed Aug 03, 2011 8:02 pm

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I saw this cute fellow in Babalala picknick spot in the Kruger. He/she was hanging under the thatched roof under the fig tree. I therefor believe it to be some kind of fruit bat. But this one was on its one and not in a group like the fruit bats at Skukuza.
You can also see he is ringed.
It looks like the Mauritian Tomb bats that were posted earlier in this topic; though I have no idea what that means.

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Re: Bats: ID Needed?

Unread post by Batmad » Sun Aug 07, 2011 6:08 pm

Howzit Merel,

It is indeed a Mauritian Tomb Bat, one of the insectivorous bats in Kruger ;)
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Re: Bats: ID Needed?

Unread post by Batmad » Wed Aug 10, 2011 7:05 pm

Sure thing ;)


The Mauritian Tomb Bat (Taphazous mauritianus) is one of Kruger's most common bat species, and is often found in its typical day roost which is on the side of trees, on the side of buildings, and under covering vegetation. In South Africa the Mauritian Tomb Bat occurs mostly in the Northern and eastern parts, as well as along the south coast. They have a very distinct roosting behavior and when disturbed they will run sideways along the surface, almost like a spider. It has an echolocation call ranging from 10-16 kHz and is audible to the human ear if it flies close. It prefers savanna and forest edges.

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Bat, Mauritian Tomb

Unread post by Batmad » Tue Jul 16, 2013 11:35 am

The Mauritian Tomb Bat (Taphozous mauritianus) can be found in the Lowveld, the North West Province as well as some localities along the coast. They are incredibly common in the Kruger National Park in the summer months (they migrate in winter) and can be found roosting on the sides of buildings or tree's. They have a particular liking to lala palms within Kruger and thus they are one of Letaba Rest Camps most common species although not commonly encountered as people don't know where to look for them. They tend to stick to the higher parts of the lala palms and will often move away in a crab like fashion as to avoid detection. In summer one can also hear this species as they mate with one another, emitting a sharp, metallic "tzzzzzzk". They are a rather delicate species in terms of having encountered with humans and if one views them for some time they start to get distressed and will urinate/defecate, thus it is best to leave them once one has gotten sight of them.

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