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.