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Coleura afra 

Linguistics
Actual scientific name :   Coleura afra 
     
Old scientific name :   Emballonura afra 
     
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English name :   Sheath-tailed Bat
     
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Description :   Length: 7cm; wingspan: 24 cm. Pelage is brown above and slightly lighter below. Ears are triangular with rounded tips. There is a tragus. Eyes are large. Calcaneum is long. Tail is short. Half of its tail lies inside the interfemoral flight membrane, the other half projects from it.  
     
Habitat :   Woodland. 
     
Behaviour :   Coleura afra lives in colonies of hundreds individuals. Roosts in caves.  
     
Diet :   Insects.
 
     
Life history :   Females give birth to a young.
 
     
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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