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Fruit Bat

Artibeus jamaicensis


A fruit Bat hanging out at the ever popular banana tree in front of my house


This photo was taken at night w/external flash in high sync mode. 1/640-f6/7

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41 Comments (1–25)

This photo deserves SOTD...

Excellent shot...

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 9 years ago

wow! this is excellent!

AfriBats 9 years ago

Excellent shot! Probably one of the nectar bats, Leptonycteris or Choeronycteris

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 9 years ago

WOW! I love this amazing photo!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 9 years ago

Please consider adding this spotting to the new North American Bat Tracker mission at

JeffCrocombe 9 years ago

Great photo!

Wonderful shot and Congratulation on the SotD !

SanjaySaklani 10 years ago

The Jamaican fruit-eating bat has a unique breeding pattern, closely tied to seasonal peaks in food opulence. In some locations, the species may breed year-round, but in other areas the female usually gives birth twice a year, to a single young at a time, with the births coinciding with periods of peak food availability (usually at the end of the wet season). Although the usual gestation period is 3.5 to 4 months, during the second pregnancy of the year the embryo is able to become dormant, delaying normal development for up to 2 months, so that overall development takes up to 6 months and the young is born when conditions are more favorable. The female mates again soon after giving birth . The young bats start to fly at around 31 to 51 days old, and reach adult size after about 80 days. Sexual maturity is reached at 8 to 12 months, and this species may live for up to 9 years in the wild.

There is peculiar behavior shown by adult female Jamaican fruit-eating bats usually roost together in small ‘harems’ of up to 14 or more individuals plus their young, defended by one or occasionally two adult males . These harems usually roost in tree hollows, or close together in caves, and the male spends much of its time close to the roost site, keeping away rivals. Small groups of bachelor males or juvenile females also form, often roosting in vegetation or in leaf ‘tents’, or in separate parts of caves. However, these groups are less stable than the harems and often shift roosting site. Juveniles of both sexes leave the harem group before reaching adulthood .

KarenL 10 years ago

Congratulations John, this spotting is featured in the Project Noah blog today

JohnMatzick 10 years ago

Thank you. Twice!

bayucca 10 years ago

Cool spotting!!

TKBotting 10 years ago

This is amazing!

MayraSpringmann 10 years ago

Incredible capture!!!!

vanhevel 10 years ago

lovely photo!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 11 years ago

Wonderful Spotting, Great shoot !!

CarlosZacchi 11 years ago

Nice pic!

ShathelFahs 11 years ago

Very nice shot

Miss Pink
Miss Pink 11 years ago

Fantastic photo!

arlanda 11 years ago


JohnMatzick 11 years ago

Thank you. Oz meaning Australia?

Steve A
Steve A 11 years ago

Great shot John, over in Oz nearly all the fruit bats are large (600g-1Kg), I hadn't seen such a small frugiverous bat before. Thanks.

BindiaGupta 11 years ago

Wonderful shot!!

HemantKumar 11 years ago

have never seen this type of shot amazing work done

animaisfotos 11 years ago

Viewing it in a Large Format its overwhelming. Fantastic. Thanks for sharing.

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Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico

Spotted on Jun 26, 2011
Submitted on Jun 26, 2011

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