|Copyright: Sujoy Bhawal (sujoybhawal)
|Date Taken: 2010-01-30|
|Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2010-02-06 21:12|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Megabats constitute the suborder Megachiroptera, family Pteropodidae of the order Chiroptera (bats). They are also called fruit bats, old world fruit bats, or flying foxes. |
The megabat, contrary to its name, is not always large: the smallest species is 6 centimeters (2.4 inches) long and thus smaller than some microbats. The largest reach 40 cm (16 inches) in length and attain a wingspan of 150 cm (5 feet), weighing in at nearly 1 kg (2.2 pounds). Most fruit bats have large eyes, allowing them to orient visually in the twilight of dusk and inside caves and forests.
Their sense of smell is excellent. In contrast to the microbats, the fruit bats do not, as a rule, use echolocation (with one exception, the Egyptian fruit bat Rousettus egyptiacus, which uses high-pitched clicks to navigate in caves).
What do Bats Eat?
Megabats eat fruit, nectar or pollen. Most microbats (7 out of 10) are “insectivorous”, that is, they eat insects, but some microbats eat small vertebrate animals (small mammals or fish), blood, or even other bats.
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Nice capture of this fruit bat during daylight hours. I would love to see a bat just hanging around. If the bat were facing you it would have made for more interest but sill good.