Nilflughund / Egyptian Fruit Bat (Rousettus aegyptiacus) (by Sexecutioner)
Hanging bat buddies
LONG-TONGUED NECTAR BAT
The Long-tongued Nectar Bat (Macroglossus minimus) is a species of megabat. M. minimus is one of the smallest species in the family Pteropodidae with an average length of 60 - 85 mm. They cover a large territory from Northern Thailand to Northern Australian.
They have a reddish brown colouring with relatively long hair compared to the other species. The hair on the abdomen is a lighter colour and there is a dark brown stripe running bilaterally down the top of the head and back.
Lives in small groups. Mangrove and banana flowers are among the sources of the nectar and pollens fed on by the species in Malaysia. They play a major role as pollinator of many trees and have been recorded in coastal mangrove, dipterocarp forest, and lower montane forest up to 1000 m.
Feeds on nectar and pollen. M. minimus was caught in Nypa and mangrove swamps, coconut and banana plantations, forest edges with banana clumps and shifting cultivation areas
Photo by Jeremy Holden
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