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Straw-Colored Fruit Bat

Eidolon helvum

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About the Straw-Colored Fruit Bat

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Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Family: Pteropodidae
Genus: Eidolon
Species: helvum

Named for its tawny brown color and dietary preferences, the straw-colored fruit bat is native to Sub-Saharan Africa. It lives in colonies of 100,000 to 1,000,000, roosting by day in tall trees and sometimes lofts and caves. Though their bodies are small—about 5 to 9 inches long—the straw-colored fruit-bat’s wingspan can reach three feet. The bat’s strong, tapered wings allow it to fly great distances—it has actually been found 125 miles out to sea!