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Daily Decay (17th February 2018): Lesser Dog-faced Fruit Bat (Cynopterus brachyotis) @ South Buona Vista Road

Lesser Dog-faced Fruit Bat (Cynopterus brachyotis)
Singapore Botanic Gardens, 29th April 2016

This carcass of a Lesser Dog-faced Fruit Bat was found by Holly Siow.

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Stomper Mitch came across the carcasses of more than 10 bats in Lentor Avenue this morning (Jun 2).

He wonders what could be the cause of the deaths.

Said the Stomper:

“I found bats’ dead bodies scattered on the grass, pavement and road on Lentor Avenue this morning, 2 June.

"In total, there were more than 10 of them. I posted a few photos here. It looks like they have been dead for a day or two.

"What could be the cause of this? Pesticide or some other reason?”

Source: STOMP

These appear to be Asiatic Lesser Yellow House Bats (Scotophilus kuhlii). One possibility is that a bat roost in the area was cleared out by people using methods that proved to be lethal in the end.

Photograph by Noel Thomas

Recent sighting records of five bat species from
Gunung Arong, Johor, Peninsular Malaysia

Identity of subject Fawn Roundleaf Bat (Hipposideros cervinus) (Mammalia: Chiroptera: Hipposideridae).

Location: Jalan Air Papan – Tanjung Resang, Gunung Arong Forest.

Habitat: Lowland, tall secondary forest.

Date and time: 26 March 2016, 20:00 hrs.

Description of record: An intact, freshly deceased Roundleaf Bat was found on the road shoulder of Jalan Air Papan – Tanjung Resang, a two-lane metalled road which dissects Gunung Arong Forest Reserve. The carcass had no visible evidence of injury or sickness. Measurements were taken as follows : head-body length 55.8 mm, tail length 26.0 mm, forearm length 50.5mm, tibia length 20.0 mm, ear height 13.9 mm.

Remarks: Based on the shape of the noseleaf , which has two lateral leaflets (with the intermediate leaflet narrower than the posterior noseleaf), and on the suite of measurements, this bat is identified as Hipposideros cervinus.

Hipposideros cervinus is common in primary, lowland dipterocarp forest at Krau Wildlife Reserve (KWR), Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia (Kingston et al, 2006). KWR is 230 km northwest of Gunung Arong. The range of this species is extensive: in addition to Peninsular Malaysia it also occurs in Sumatra, Java, Borneo, the Philippines, eastern Indonesia, New Guinea and Australia (Francis, 2008).

References:

  • Francis, C. M. (2008). A Field Guide to the Mammals of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers (UK) Ltd. 392 pp.
  • Kingston, T., Lim, B. L. & Akbar, Z. (2006). Bats of Krau Wildlife Reserve. Penerbit Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. 145 pp.

Source: Southeast Asia Vertebrate Records 2016: 67-71

Lesser Asiatic Yellow House Bat (Scotophilus kuhlii)
Pasir Ris, 2nd July 2015

Lesser Dog-faced Fruit Bat (Cynopterus brachyotis)
East Coast Park, 6th February 2015

This carcass of a Lesser Dog-faced Fruit Bat was found by Benjamin Loo and Angelynn Soo.

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Bat End
By Solomon Anthony, 30th December 2014;

As I was walking, I was looking up at the trees to see if I could get lucky and see an owl or something. I then saw a sad sight that actually kinda ruined the evening for me actually.

I noticed something floating up high in the tree. Upon closer inspection I noticed it was an abandoned triple hook fishing lure connected to a fishing line that had got stuck in a tree. At the sharp end of the abandoned hook was its victim. I took a photo to confirm.

The clear outline of a Bat.

I can only guess that it had got stuck when it accidentally flew into it. Its wings were caught in the barbed hooks.

The bat must have struggled for a very very long time before dying a very slow death. It was sad to see that our carelessness or just plain disregard has is consequences. There were a few other abandoned hooks around.

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Source: Go Wildlife Now!