Pollination - Merlin Tuttle's Bat Conservation

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Cave Nectar Bat (Eonycteris spelaea) are found throughout most of Southeast Asia where they are extraordinarily impotant pollinators of ecologically and economically important trees, indluding Durian, Petai, Wild Banana and Mangroves. This one is pollinating an Indian Trumpet Flower (Oroxylum indicum), a plant widely used by humans, especially in traditional medicines. They live in cave entrances where they form large, conspicuous colonies. In the past their colonies sometimes included up to a million or more individuals, but except where protected, their numbers have declined alarmingly. Pollination

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