Portraits - Merlin Tuttle's Bat Conservation

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This portrait of an adult male Greater short-nosed fruit bat (Cynopterus sphinx) shows its distinctive white-edged ears typical of this genus and the orange collar seen in adult males. Males of this species cut the leaves of fan palms, making them droop to form "tents" attractive to females. These bats are highly adaptable, living in a wide variety of habitats where they feed on fruit and nectar. They are major pollinators and seed dispersers for many of Southeast Asia's most economically important plants, for example pollinating wild bananas, durian and petai. Portraits

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