Giant fruit bats in flight

Megabats

Megabats are one of the two types of bats, the others being the insect-eating bats. The megabats are fruit bats, and most species cannot echolocate. Most roost in trees and shrubs, and only those that possess echolocation venture into the dark recesses of caves. Because they eat fruit, some species are unpopular with orchard owners.

Scientific name: Pteropodidae

Rank: Family

Distribution

Map showing the distribution of the Megabats taxa

The shading illustrates the diversity of this group - the darker the colour the greater the number of species. Data provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

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