Ethiopian Epauletted Fruit Bat, Epomophorus labiatus
Image Caption: A stuffed Epomophorus labiatus at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. Credit: David Starner/Wikipedia (CC BY 3.0)
The Ethiopian epauletted fruit bat (Epomophorus labiatus) is a megabat that can be found in Kenya, Ethiopia, Chad, the Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Sudan, Rwanda, and Uganda, among many other areas. It prefers a habitat within arid and moist savannahs, at elevations of up to 6,561 feet above sea level. It can also be found in woodland or bushland areas.
The Ethiopian epauletted fruit bat typically gathers in small groups of about twelve individuals, roosting in close together. Its population numbers appear to be stable, and as a whole species, it does not have any major threats. However, local populations can be threatened by overhunting. It appears in many protected areas throughout its range. Because of a lack of major threats, there are no current conservation efforts being conducted for the species. It is thought that research should be conducted in order to ascertain the threat level of local overhunting. The Ethiopian epauletted fruit bat appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern.”