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Old World fruit bats

Pteropodidae

Description:

Small bats. Hundreds of eyes looking at me.

Habitat:

Cave on Mount Elgon.

Notes:

I spent the last night of my 5 day trek camped in the mouth of Mude Cave. I explored deeper into the cave to find tons of bats on the cave ceiling. When most people see this photo, they think it is the night sky, not bat eyes!

1 Species ID Suggestions

AfriBats
AfriBats 6 years ago
Old World fruit bats
Pteropodidae


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22 Comments

dandoucette
dandoucette 6 years ago

Thanks Afri, I've updated.

dandoucette
dandoucette 6 years ago

I've added this to the mission and removed the second photo. I will make a spotting of that separately. I'm going to leave it as unknown without a more specific ID which will be impossible to get. This one will remain a mystery. Thanks a lot Gilma!

Love that shot. I went in to look because the picture look as if it was just black?!... then... surprise!!!! bat eyes. Thanks for sharing, dandoucette.

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 6 years ago

AfriBats, Thanks for your comment about white nose syndrome. It's good to hear that it hasn't become a problem in Africa. The impact here in North America is the stuff that scary is made of....

KarenL
KarenL 6 years ago

Please consider adding this to the Bats of Africa mission http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/2464...

AfriBats
AfriBats 6 years ago

You might wish to create a new spotting for one of the 2 pictures and add IDs accordingly.

Re white nose syndrome: as far as we know, the disease is currently only hitting North America, and we can only hope it won't hit other continents. Think about chytrid fungus in amphibians!

dandoucette
dandoucette 6 years ago

Thanks for the info AfriBats, I didn't know I had two different species here. Thanks Gordon. I don't know if there are any issues or not. I didn't hear about anything when I was there.

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 6 years ago

What a great experience! Dan, do you know if there is any issue with white-nosed syndrome in Africa?

AfriBats
AfriBats 6 years ago

The eye shine in the first pic is that of fruit bats - either Rousettus aegyptiacus, Stenonycteris lanosus, or Myonycteris angolensis. The 2nd pic shows a bent-winged bat, genus Miniopterus.

dandoucette
dandoucette 7 years ago

It was awesome Luis.

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 7 years ago

This must be a great experience being there.

dandoucette
dandoucette 7 years ago

Thanks Achmmad and Christy. Pitch Black is a cool movie.

ChristyHolland
ChristyHolland 7 years ago

Wow!! Very impressive! Starry sky indeed!!

achmmad
achmmad 7 years ago

Amazing! Night sky with stars ... I just remember about Pitch Black!

dandoucette
dandoucette 7 years ago

Thanks everyone! @BalincaguinConservancy, I'm having a hard time finding those 5! Hahaha!

LarsKorb
LarsKorb 7 years ago

I wonder how that would have looked like with using a flash - hundreds of red eyes staring at you :) Nice spot, Dan!

Can anyone find the five that are cross-eyed?

Gina9210
Gina9210 8 years ago

Dan thats a loads of pair of eyes, and they are all staring at you!

SarahWhitt
SarahWhitt 8 years ago

EEEGAD! That's a LOT of eyes!! Spooky!! *~*

peter
peter 8 years ago

O_O wow

dandoucette
dandoucette 8 years ago

I know, eh?! That's what everybody says!

Carolina
Carolina 8 years ago

Seriously, Dan? Eyes?? No way!

dandoucette
Spotted by
dandoucette

Uganda

Lat: 1.19, Long: 34.42

Spotted on Dec 16, 2008
Submitted on May 16, 2011

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