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Unread postby restio » Tue Jun 10, 2008 9:01 pm

Thanks, batmad. :D Such a pretty little bat, in the tree right outside our hut at Lower Sabie. She only had one pup, cradled in her wing (as you can see in the photo).
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Unread postby Batmad » Wed Jun 11, 2008 6:17 pm

yes i know. I am not to sure if peters eppulated fruit bats name has changed to another name. I have a friend high up in the Bat world and i am still waiting for a reply about this question. If this is the name of the bat i have not studied it or worked with it :redface: the only place this bat has been mentiond is in mammals of southern africa by Chris an Tilde Stewart. In bats of southern africa By Peter Taylor he did not mention this species. Is anyone sure that its name has not changed to egyption fruit bat or gambian eppulated fruit bat.


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Unread postby wildtuinman » Tue Jun 17, 2008 10:42 am

Liesl Da Silva wrote:Hi Batmad

I know what these are I just thought I'd share the pic with you! They are fruit bats and I found them in Skukuza under the thatch roofs outside the cafiteria. Saw them the first time 26-27 April and again 14-15 June!

Enjoy! 8) Image


Yip, Wahlberg's eppulated fruit bats. you will notice if you look carefully that some of them are wearing radio transmitting devices.

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Unread postby Nannie » Mon Sep 06, 2010 7:59 pm

After the 17th attempt got a whole one in the frame, at home.

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Unread postby Sparks » Sun Oct 31, 2010 11:51 pm

I think the critter that sounds like a wheelbarrow needing a shot of oil is not a bird but a mammal, one that flies out and has its fill of wild fig and red milkwood fruit.
Once his belly is nice and full he would groom himself and then start serenading in the hope that an equally attractive female would respond.
Yes you might have guessed it your squeaky neighbour sounds like a fruit bat.

If you take a torch and shine it in to the tree you might be lucky to see the noisy critter, look out for red eye reflecting.
My guess is that it is more than just one that is keeping you awake.

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Re: Bats: ID Needed?

Unread postby bondm » Tue Jun 21, 2011 6:00 pm

Hi Batmad, I am sure that you been asked this question many times but what are the bats in Skukuza cafeterias.ImageI took this photograph last November. Any ideas on the strange eyelid markings? I first saw the bats in the late 90's and they have increased in number over the years. They have always been in residence each time I have visited the camp but in December when I called in they were nowhere to be seen. Have they moved on or are they back now in their usual roost.????? bondm

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Re: Bats: ID Needed?

Unread postby Batmad » Sun Jun 26, 2011 12:03 pm

The markings above the eyelids are a simple characteristic of this species, but in the males, white shoulder patches can be seen. These are called Epualetts. And are raised and used during the courtship process where the male will hang from a branch, and flap his wings with each one of his metalic calls, and while doing this he will raise the Epualetts.
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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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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: Rarest mammal in all of SANParks

Unread postby NetEk » Fri Jul 19, 2013 3:02 pm

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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Re: Rarest mammal in all of SANParks

Unread postby Batmad » Fri Jul 19, 2013 5:45 pm

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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Re: Bats, Epauletted Fruit

Unread postby Batmad » Fri Jul 19, 2013 6:09 pm

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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Re: Rarest mammal in all of SANParks

Unread postby okie » Fri Jul 19, 2013 6:14 pm

Yeah , also flying around in circles , sounding like a puppy , all night long .......
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Re: Bats, Epauletted Fruit

Unread postby deefstes » Mon Sep 23, 2013 12:10 pm

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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Re: Bats, Epauletted Fruit

Unread postby johanrebel » Mon Sep 23, 2013 11:01 pm

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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