Tuesday 21 May
False serotine bat (Hesperoptenus doriae)
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False serotine bat description
With very dark brown or black curly fur and a blunt nose, the false serotine bat has a sheep-like head and face. The ears are short and rounded, the flap of skin inside them, known as the tragus, has a slightly hatchet shape. The wings are dark and long with pointed tips to improve flight speed and the tail is long (2).Top
False serotine bat biology
Very little is known about this rare and elusive bat species. The female false serotine bat gives birth to a single pup each year which is fed milk until it can fly and forage alone. It feeds on small insects above rivers and in open spaces in the rainforest, such as around tree falls. It uses echolocation to navigate its surroundings and to locate its prey. Repeated ultrasonic shouts are emitted which bounce off nearby objects, returning to the bat’s ears as echoes. These echoes are interpreted by the bat’s brain and a picture is built up of its environment (5).Top
False serotine bat range
The false serotine bat is found in Peninsular Malaysia and Borneo (3).Top
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False serotine bat status
Classified as Data Deficient (DD) on the IUCN Red List (1).Top
False serotine bat threats
The habitat of this species is being lost as a result of human activities. Deforestation of primary rainforest is ongoing in order to create land for homes, agriculture and, importantly, oil palm. Oil palm plantations cover vast areas of Peninsula Malaysia and Borneo and are highly profitable, since palm oil is a versatile product. Malaysia’s production of palm oil has doubled in the last 20 years, whilst Indonesia’s has tripled. Together they hold a large proportion of the global market, with 88 percent of the world exports coming from these two countries alone (6).Top
False serotine bat conservation
Deforestation of primary forest for oil palm plantations, including within protected areas, is an issue of major concern and one that relies on both governmental action and consumer concern. Some large retailers have agreed, in collaboration with the WWF, to source products containing palm oil from plantations that are not on deforested land (6). Many scientific and charitable groups contribute to bat monitoring and local education programmes that can help to reduce persecution and raise awareness of the natural assets of the land (7).Top
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- Detecting objects by reflected sound. Used for orientation and detecting and locating prey by bats and cetacea (whales and dolphins).
- Primary forest
- Forest that has remained undisturbed for a long time and has reached a mature condition.
- Sounds that are above the range of human hearing.
- IUCN Red List (June, 2009)
- Yasuma, S., Andau, M., Apin, L., Tuh Yit Ya, F. and Kimsui, L. (2003) Identification keys to the mammals of Borneo. Sabah Parks and JICA, Borneo.
- Corbet, G.B. and Hill, J.E. (1992) The Mammals of the Indomalayan Region: a systematic review. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
- Nor, S. (1996) The Mammalian Fauna on the islands at the Northern Tip of Sabah, Borneo. Fieldiana – Zoology, 83: 17 - 28.
- Animal Diversity Web (December, 2005)
- Europa World (January, 2005)
- Maltby, A. (2006) Pers. comm.
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