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Epomophorus crypturus 

Linguistics
Actual scientific name :   Epomophorus crypturus 
     
Old scientific name :   Epomophorus crypturus 
     
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English name :   Peter's Epauletted Fruit-bat
     
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Description :   Length: 15 cm; wingspan: 55 cm; forearm: 8 cm; weight: 110 g. Coat is light brown or yellowish-cream above and off-white below. There are tufts of white hair at the base of the ears. On each shoulder, males have a glandular pouch covered in long white hair forming an “epaulette”. There are two claws on each wing, one on the thumb, the other one on the second finger. Eyes are large and face is elongated. 
     
Habitat :   Forests or woodland.  
     
Behaviour :   Epomophorus crypturus lives in colonies of up to several hundreds individuals. Forages at night. During the day, hangs from branches of trees. Eyesight is good. Males give a « tink » call while hanging up.  
     
Diet :   Fruits.  
     
Life history :   Females usually give birth to one young.  
     
Distribution in Katanga :   view map  
 
 
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