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Lesser False Vampire


Lesser False Vampire
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Copyright: Ravi Kailas (rkailas) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 135 W: 2 N: 175] (799)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-21
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D70s, Sigma 105 F2.8 Macro
Exposure: f/8, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Bats - Chiroptera [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-03 3:33
Viewed: 3699
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The lesser false vampire bat is one of only two species belonging to the genus Megaderma (Megaderma spasma and Megaderma lyra). Paradoxically, whilst they are voracious carnivores, they do not resemble the vampire bats of South America, but are instead so-named due to their large teeth which caused confusion before the true vampire bats were confirmed as the only blood-drinkers. They have large, rabbit-like ears that are joined at their base and enclose a long tragus (inner ear) that is split in two. The noseleaf, which is used for echolocation, is an oval-shaped lobe with a central bar that carries flaps on either side. The Megadermatidae do not have tails, but do possess a large area of membrane between the hind legs, known as the interfemoral membrane, which is used for scooping prey from leaf surfaces. The fur is very long and fluffy, and varies in colour from grey to brown. Juveniles are consistently grey (http://www.arkive.org/species/GES/mammals/Megaderma_spasma/). The species is found in South Asia and Southeast Asia from Sri Lanka and India in the west to Indonesia and the Philippines in the east (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lesser_False_Vampire_Bat)
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I took the picture inside an abandoned building in the middle of the jungle at the Kalakad-Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve, south India. The species seem to roost communally during the day - I counted upto six individual in this room.

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Hi Ravi

Great shot! Very nice POV and composition. Good exposure too; the details have been perfectly captured. The sharpness and details are amazing as well. Very well done!

TFS

Radhika

Hi Ravi,
I saw the last and other beautiful shots of yours. But I am much interested my favourite animals, bats. I saw many species of bats in several countries, but not Megadermatidae yet. You are lucky with nice capture. Great details, eyes contact and also POV. good notes. Nicely composed. Thanks for sharing.
Best wishes
Ahmet

Hi Ravi,

this is really impressive, it's watching us!

TFS

Giorgio

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