Veldkamp's dwarf epauletted fruit bat

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Veldkamp's dwarf epauletted fruit bat
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Family: Pteropodidae
Genus: Nanonycteris
Matschie, 1899
Species: N. veldkampii
Binomial name
Nanonycteris veldkampii
(Jentink, 1888)
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Veldkamp's dwarf epauletted fruit bat range

Veldkamp's dwarf epauletted fruit bat (Nanonycteris veldkampii) is a species of bat in the family Pteropodidae. It is monotypic within the genus Nanonycteris.[citation needed] It is found in Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Togo. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest, subtropical or tropical mangrove forest, subtropical or tropical moist montane forest, dry savanna, and moist savanna. It is threatened by habitat loss. The other name of this species is flying calf.


It seems to be relatively adaptable to cultivated areas, with animals recorded from tree plantations, botanic gardens, farm areas, and rural gardens. The species shows some migratory patterns with both sexes moving between forest and savanna habitats. The generation length is about 4.25 years. It is migratory, with both sexes moving between forest and savanna habitats. It is generally a lowland species, but has been recorded up to 1,200 m asl. [2]


They feed on flowers as well as fruit. When feeding, the bats may clasp the ball of flowers, lapping nectar from the circular depression.[3]


  1. ^ Monadjem, A.; Fahr, J.; Hutson, A.M.; Mickleburgh, S.; Bergmans, W. (2017). "Nanonycteris veldkampii". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2017: e.T14333A22043635.
  2. ^ "Nanonycteris veldkampii (Veldkamp's Bat)". Retrieved 2018-10-08.
  3. ^ "The Adaptation of Flowering Plants to Nocturnal and Crepuscular Pollinators". The Quarterly Review of Biology. 36 (1): 64–73. March 1961. doi:10.1086/403276. ISSN 0033-5770.