Latest Egyptian fruit bat Stories

2011-09-14 11:32:47

A new study reveals that the way fruit bats use biosonar to 'see' their surroundings is significantly more advanced than first thought. The study, published September 13 in the online, open access journal PLoS Biology, examines Egyptian fruit bats (Rousettus aegyptiacus), which use echolocation to orient inside their caves and to find fruit hidden in the branches of trees. Their high-frequency clicks form a sonar beam that spreads across a fan-shaped area, and the returning echoes allow them...

2011-08-16 07:10:00

Israeli scientists fitted fruit bats with the world's smallest GPS devices GPS technology can make our travels easier and more efficient. But for many animals, the ability to successfully navigate a landscape is not just a matter of convenience "“ their very survival depends on it. Egyptian fruit bats, for instance, fly dozens of kilometers each night to feed on specific fruit trees, making the return trip the same night. To understand how the bats locate individual trees night after...

2010-02-05 09:45:00

New research conducted at the University of Maryland's bat lab shows Egyptian fruit bats find a target by NOT aiming their guiding sonar directly at it. Instead, they alternately point the sound beam to either side of the target. The new findings by researchers from Maryland and the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel suggest that this strategy optimizes the bats' ability to pinpoint the location of a target, but also makes it harder for them to detect a target in the first place. "We...

Latest Egyptian fruit bat Reference Libraries

2007-08-10 15:59:50

The Egyptian Fruit Bat (Rousettus aegyptiacus), also known as the Egyptian Rousette, is a species of Old World fruit bat found throughout Africa, except in the desert regions of the Sahara. It is also common throughout the Middle East, as far east as Pakistan and northern India. Like all bats, these ones are nocturnal and spend the daylight hours in caves or trees, often with large numbers of other bats, sometimes numbering in the thousands. The Egyptian Fruit Bat is small compared to...

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