Bats roosting in my porch: 5. Fruits, nectar and pollen

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The Common Fruit Bat (Cynopterus brachyotis) that have been roosting in my porch brought with them fruits or portions of them to eat, littering the floor below with their bits and pieces. They have the habit of carrying the fruits to the roost to eat, although sometimes they also eat from the tree.

Remnants of fruits that these bats left include figs (Ficus spp.), chiku (Manilkara zapota) (above), guava (Psidium guajava), date palm (Elaeis guineensis), mango (Mangifera indica), rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum), mata kuching (N. malaiense), etc. Such eating behaviour helps seed dispersal of their food plants.

Besides fruits, these bats take nectar and pollen from flowers of banana (Musa cultivars) LINK, African sausage tree (Kigelia aethiopica) (above), midnight horror (Oroxylum indicum)…

…durian (Durio zibethinus) (above), kapok (Ceiba pentandra) (below), etc. and in the process assist in pollination. Most of these trees have large flowers, open at night and emit a characteristic harsh odour that attracts the bats.

YC Wee
August 2014

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