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Ruwenzori Long-Haired Fruit Bat

Rousettus lanosus

Ruwenzori Bat Gallery

Photo Credit: Robert Michelson

About the Ruwenzori Long-Haired Fruit Bat

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Class: Mammalia  
Order: Chiroptera 
Family: Pteropodidae 
Genus: Rousettus 
Species: lanosus 

Ruwenzori long-haired fruit bats are one of only a few species of fruit bats that echolocate to navigate in low light conditions. They create a series of clicks using the back of their tongue.

With over 1,200 species, bats make up one fifth of the earth’s mammals. They are also among the most endangered of the world's creatures, primarily due to habitat loss and further threatened by a fungal disease devastating many bat colonies in North America. Often considered a “keystone species,” bats play a critical role in the ecosystem in terms of insect control, plant pollination, seed dissemination and fertilization. Their loss would have serious consequences for the ecosystems to which they belong and health ramifications for humans as well. A single little brown bat, the most common bat species in the U.S., can eat up to thousands of insects in one night, providing protection against mosquito-borne illnesses and potential crop pests.