Joe Tham‘s image of a bat targeting the fruits of Longan (Dimocarpus longan) adds to the former’s food list.
Wildlife consultant Subaraj Rajathurai has this to say: “Based on the appearance and colouration, it is most likely to be the Common Fruit Bat (Cynopterus brachyotis). However, we cannot completely rule out the other Cynopterus species completely, even though they are very rare, as they all appear similar and sometimes only measurements in hand can separate the species.”
The Common Fruit Bat also feeds on figs (Ficus spp.), chiku (Manilkara zapota) (above), guava (Psidium guajava), date palm (Elaeis guineensis), mango (Mangifera indica), rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum) and mata kuching (N. malaiense) LINK. Besides fruits, it also takes nectar from flowers of African sausage tree (Kigelia aethiopica), midnight horror (Oroxylum indicum), durian (Durio zibethinus) and kapok (Ceiba pentandra) LINK as well as banana (Musa spp.) LINK.
Joe Tham & Subaraj Rajathurai
18th February 2018