Top 10 Rare And Unusual Species of Bats

Top 10 Rare And Unusual Species of Bats
Top 10 Rare And Unusual Species of Bats

With vampire stories and news reports of killer bats, it’s no wonder bats get such a bad press. So I thought it would be better this Halloween to study, look at, and understand some bats to discover the unusual species and see if they really deserve their reputation…

Top 10 Rare And Unusual Species of Bats

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Top 10 Rare And Unusual Species of Bats
Bulldog Bat

10 – Noctilio

Bulldog by face and bulldog by nature. This is one of the world’s deadliest bats and can also swim!

Top 10 Rare And Unusual Species of Bats
Chapin’s Bat

9 – Chaerephon chapini

This bat with its very distinctive crest of hair rising from a small lappet between the ears is not a normal bat going through a punk phase, it really is born looking like that!

Top 10 Rare And Unusual Species of Bats
Honduran White Bat

8 – Ectophylla alba

With very distinctive soft, snow white fur and cute yellow nose and ears. this tiny bat only measures 3.7-4.7 cm long!

Top 10 Rare And Unusual Species of Bats
Hammer-Headed Bat

7 – Hypsignathus monstrosus

No, it’s not a Moose with tiny ears this really is a bat that uses that big nose to create incredibly loud honking noises!

Top 10 Rare And Unusual Species of Bats
Maclaud’s Horseshoe Bat

6 – Rhinolophus maclaudi

One of the most unusual looking bats by far. Any animal with a multi-layered horseshoe shaped nose gets my unusual vote.

Top 10 Rare And Unusual Species of Bats
Spotted Bat

5 – Euderma maculatum

You know you are looking at a spotted bat when you see the 3 white spots found over each shoulder and on the backside. Oh! And those giant ears might be a bit of a clue as well.

Top 10 Rare And Unusual Species of Bats
Tube-Nosed Bat

4 – Nyctimene robinsoni

This megabat is one of the few species of bats that like to sleep alone rather than in groups. I would imagine this is because he would snore due to having that long nose.

Top 10 Rare And Unusual Species of Bats
Golden Capped Fruit Bat

3 – Acerodon jubatus

This bat is a very misunderstood animal. Sure, it’s the world’s biggest species of bat and it does have a 6ft wingspan. But this species is non-aggressive towards humans and is a fruit eater!

Top 10 Rare And Unusual Species of Bats
The Panda Bat

2 – Niumbaha superba

This bat is so rare that scientists believed it had become extinct. But this was the first one seen and caught since 1939!

Top 10 Rare And Unusual Species of Bats
Northern Ghost Bat

1 – Diclidurus albus

The Northern Ghost Bat (AKA: Jumby Bat) is a very rare species of bat. They prefer humid habitats like rainforests but have been found living nearer to us humans.

2 Comments

  1. Naomi Gruer October 29, 2015
  2. OlgaNM October 28, 2015

Which one did you like?