March192013

The ghost bat (Macroderma gigas), also known as the false vampire bat is a bat native to Australia. The bat is named for the extremely thin membrane of its wings that makes it appear ghostly at night. Ghost bats have grey fur on their backs and pale grey or white fur on their undersides. They have long, narrow wings, but no tail, averaging 11 centimetres (4.3 in) in length. Females are generally smaller than males. Ghost bats have large ears for long distance hearing, and very sharp teeth so they can attack prey.  

February92013
Schreiber’s long-fingered bat in Gobholo Cave
(by JohannesLundberg)

Schreiber’s long-fingered bat in Gobholo Cave

(by JohannesLundberg)

June302012

Nestled under a South American palm leaf you might just be lucky enough to find this rare white bat, the Northern Ghost Bat (Diclidurus albus), or Jumby Bat as it is otherwise known. 

I say you might find one alone under a palm leaf because although these bats would prefer to nest in large colonies, it’s very difficult to find the required cave space or rock crevices in their habitat to do so.  Therefore, they only roost in small groups at best.

Images: SergeiKoultchitskii

(Source: thefeaturedcreature.com)

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