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Sarah's Bats  Licensed & vaccinated bat rescue volunteer in Sydney. NEVER ATTEMPT TO TOUCH A LIVE BAT

Hipposideros cervinus (as always I appreciate any corrections as I am not an expert in south East Asian bat identification, so I welcome and encourage expert feedback) #batscientist #opwallbuton2017 @operation_wallacea #hipposideroscervinus #leafnosebat #glamourshot #sidenose #sideflaps #handsomeness #pestbusters #batsofinstagram #mammalsofinstagram

I'm going to be a grandma again! Banksi has a bun in her oven #batgrandma #banksi #banksibat

#Rhinolophus euryotis caught on Buton Island 2017. These bats have incredibly impressive noseleaf structures because they rely mostly on echo imaging as their means of hunting prey and foraging in the dark. The nose structure helps to transmit the ultrasonic vibrations and they use their large ears to listen back to determine the shape and distance of objects in their environment. #batsofinstagram #batsofbuton #operationwallacea #opwall #opwallbuton2017 @operation_wallacea #noseleaf #handsome

My first attempt at using the @titleyscientific #anabatwalkabout #walkabout to get a reference #echolocation call from this little #hipposiderosspp, which was also the first insectivorous bat I captured on #opwallbuton2017 Buton. Most insectivorous bats are capable of producing a high pitched, ultra sonic noise through their nose or mouth, which bounces back off their prey, creating an echo image to help bats hunt and also to navigate in the dark. This is why some species have such elaborate mouth and nose structures! Each species produces a unique "call" which can be used to identify them passively (without having to capture them) in the future. A reference call is a recording of that unique echo image, produced by a bat upon release, after it has first been captured and positively identified. This acoustic data will be invaluable for the project and was made possible thanks to the cool kids at @titleyscientific who generously sponsored 2 anabat walkabouts and 1 brand new shiny anabat swift. @operation_wallacea

I was lucky enough to encounter one of the most spectacular animals I've ever seen in my life. This incredible striped face fruit bat (styloctenium wallacei) was trapped on my recent Operation Wallacea expedition. She is another endemic Indonesian species of non echolocating, fruit eating megabat/yingpterochiroptera.
Just like our Aussie flying foxes, she uses her large eyes to find flowering and fruiting trees at night. As trees generally don't move, she doesn't need to echolocate! She relies on her other senses, which you can see are switched on high alert, throughout this video. Ancient aboriginal rock art has been discovered, depicted striking similarities of bats that have facial markings, unlike any of the megabats currently known to occur in Australia. There is no further evidence (yet) of them ever having lived here, however this suggests that they, or an ancient close relative did at some point in time.
These are wild animals and ecologically critical for long distance native seed dispersal and pollination. ( Thank you bats! ) #everybatisprecious #protectthemorlosethem #opwallbuton2017 #opwall2017
Never handle a live bat unless you are licensed and vaccinated to do so. This animal was released immediately after processing.

#eonycteris spp. getting fed glucose syrup after being caught on the #opwall2017 expedition on #butonisland, South Sulawesi. Check out the long snout and even longer tongue which is well adapted for his role as a nectar extracting specialist!
The operation wallacea project has been running for many years and I have been incredibly lucky enough to participate as one of the bat scientists this year, which meant I got to work with a variety of incredibly diverse species, many of which are #endemic (not found anywhere else in the world) to the Sulawesi region. Some areas of Buton are being heavily logged which is decimating natural resources, including bat foraging and roosting ground. The project aims to raise global and local awareness to protect this unique region and its spectacular #wildlife. @Operation Wallacea

#Neverhandlealivebat unless you are #trainedandvaccinatedandlicensed to do so. If you come across a bat by day that is on its own, immediately contact your local wildlife rescue group for specialist assessment. Every bat is precious #protectthemorlosethem

It's always useful when your capturee lends a hand with the processing #stylocteniumwallacei #stripedfacefruitbat #endemic #opwall2017 #opwall #butonisland @operation_wallacea

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