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Pelage patterns and crypsis in roosting bats: Taphozous mauritianus and Epomophorus species

M. Brock Fenton
Koedoe | Vol 35, No 2 | a404 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v35i2.404 | © 1992 M. Brock Fenton | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 22 September 1992 | Published: 22 September 1992

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The grizzled dorsal pelage of Taphozous mauritianus (Emballonuridae) contributes to the camouflage of these bats when they are roosting on natural surfaces. The white ear spots of Epomophorus spp. (Pteropodidae) represent disruptive patterns contributing to the cryptic appearance of these bats when they are roosting in foliage.


crypsis, disruptive patterns, Taphozous, Epomophorus.


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