Chiroptera (bats)

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Families indigenous to southern Africa

Suborder: Megachiroptera (fruit-eating bats)

 
 

Pteropodidae (fruit bats)

Suborder: Microchiroptera (insect-eating bats)

 
 

Emballonuridae (sheath-tailed bats)  

Tropics and subtropics of the world.

 

Nycteridae (slit-faced bats) 

Africa and southern Asia.

 

Rhinolophidae (horseshoe bats, trident and leaf-nosed bats) 

Old-world tropics and temperate regions east to Australia.

 

Vespertilionidae (vesper bats) 

Cosmopolitan.

 

Molossidae (free-tailed bats) 

Tropics and subtropics of Old and New Worlds.

Families not found in southern Africa (all in the Microchiroptera): Rhinopomatidae (mouse-tailed bats - Morocco, Senegal to Thailand, Sumatra), Craseonycteridae (Hog-nosed Bat Craseonycteris thonglongyai - Thailand), Megadermatidae (false vampire bats, yellow-winged bats - Africa, SE Asia, Australia), Noctilionidae (bulldog bats or fisherman bats - New-world tropics), Mormoopidae (naked-backed bats, moustached bats, ghost-faced bats - North and South America, East Indies), Phyllostomidae (New-world leaf-nosed bats, includes vampire bats - New-world tropics and subtropics), Natalidae (funnel-eared bats, long-legged bats - Mexico - Brazil, East Indies), Furipteridae (smoky bats, thumbless bats - South and Central America), Thyropteridae (disk-winged bats, New-world sucker-footed bats - Central and South America), Myzopodidae (Sucker-footed Bat Myzopoda aurita - Madagascar), Mystacinidae (New Zealand short-tailed bats - New Zealand). 

 


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