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Eidolon helvum 

Actual scientific name :   Eidolon helvum 
Old scientific name :   Vespertilio vampyrus helvum 
French name :   Roussette paillée africaine
English name :   Straw-coloured Fruit-bat
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Description :   Length: 19 cm; wingspan: 75 cm; Forearm: 11 cm; weight: 250 g. Coat is generally yellow-brown with paler underparts. There is an orange collar around the neck. Wings are brown or black, long, narrow and pointed. Rump and legs are brown. Face is elongated. Tail is short (around 1,5 cm). There are two claws on each wing, one on the thumb and the other one on the second finger. Eyes are large.  
Habitat :   Tropical forests. 
Behaviour :   Eidolon helvum lives singly or in small groups. Flies slowly with regular and strong wing beats. Also glides intermittently. Eyesight is good.
Diet :   Fruits and flowers. 
Life history :   Females give birth to one young.
Distribution in Katanga :   view map  
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