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Rousettus aegyptiacus leachi 

Linguistics
Actual scientific name :   Rousettus aegyptiacus leachi 
     
Old scientific name :   Pteropus leachi 
     
French name :   Roussette d'Egypte
     
English name :   Egyptian Fruit-bat
     
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Description :   Length: 15 cm; wingspan: 60 cm; forearm: 9 cm; weight: 130 g. Pelage varies from grey-brown to dark brown above and is grey below. There is a lighter, usually yellowish collar on the neck. Throat has a brownish tinge. Round-tipped wing are nearly black. Tail is short (around 2 cm). There are two claws on each wing, one on the thumb, the other one on the second finger. Eyes are large.  
     
Habitat :   Forests, woodland or savannah. Requires the presence of caves, old mine-shafts or quarries.  
     
Behaviour :   Roussetus aegypticus lives in colonies of up to several thousands individuals. Roosts in caves during the day. Eyesight is good. Moreover, they navigate in darkness by echolocation. Feeds while hanging by one foot and holding the fruit with the other foot or while hanging by its claws and holding the fruit with both feet.  
     
Diet :   Fruits.  
     
Life history :   After about 105 days of gestation, females give birth to a young. Weaned after 6 to 8 weeks. 
     
Distribution in Katanga :   view map  
 
 
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The vernacular names were collected in the field and in the colonial literature from the first part of the 20th century. The monks who established the first dictionaries were not necessarily informed naturalists. Therefore, errors must have been committed.

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