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Pouched tomb bat
seen? This small black-and-white bat is sometimes seen
roosting in rocky places on our offshore islands. According to Baker,
it is widespread and common in Singapore.
Forearm length about 8cm. A small bat with a large ears and a
short muzzle without an elaborate 'nose leaf'. The upperside is blackish
brown with white markings, the underside is white. The wings are distinctly
white. There is a large pouch under the chin for both males and females.
This bat is social and roosts in colonies with as many as 300 individuals.
They roost in rock crevices, hollow trees and within buildings.
What does it eat? It eats insects,
foraging for these high above the canopy of trees.
- Baker, Nick
and Kelvin Lim. 2008. Wild
Animals of Singapore: A Photographic Guide to Mammals, Reptiles,
Amphibians and Freshwater Fishes
Vertebrate Study Group, Nature Society (Singapore). 180 pp.
- Nowak, Ronald
M. 1994. Walker's
Bats of the World
The Johns Hopkins University Press. 287 pp.
Charles M. 2001. Mammals
of South-East Asia
New Holland Publishers. 128 pp.