This bat belongs to an ancient family of sheath-tailed bats, so-called because of the nature of the membrane which stretches between the hind legs. By adjusting the hind legs in flight, this membrane can be lengthened or shortened as it slips over the tail, increasing manoeuvrability in flight. Previously common on the Seychelles Islands, this bat has undergone a severe population decline over the past 30 years. Less than one hundred bats are believed to survive today, in just two locations. Conservation programmes require support in order to ensure that this species has a future.
Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0)
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Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 15.91
EDGE Score: 5.6