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Congo Bats, 3D CT scans

link: Lavia frons gallery

Lavia frons, Yellow-winged bat

link: Taphozous mauritanus

Taphozous mauritianus, Tomb bat


Yellow-winged bats range across much of Africa south of the Sahara Desert. These bats live in forest and savannah environments, but seem to prefer open habitats where they can observe their surrounding from roost sites. Like other members of the family Megadermatidae, these bats hunt for insects from their perches much as flycatchers do. The bat hangs from a branch in a tree and continuously scans the surrounding airspace for insects using echolocation (sonar). When it detects a suitable prey item (such as a moth), it swoops out to catch the insect and then returns to a perch to eat it. Yellow-winged bats live in territorial pairs.


All text in these galleries provided by:

Dr. Nancy B. Simmons

Chairman, Division of Vertebrate Zoology

Curator-in-Charge, Department of Mammalogy

American Museum of Natural History


These scans were produced by the Digital Morphology Division at the University of Texas at Austin.