Episode 31: Madagascar’s Most Mysterious Bat

Madagascar’s Eastern Sucker-footed Bat

This bat has adhesive organs on its wrists and ankles that it uses to hold on to the smooth surfaces of leaves. It can even hang upside down from a horizontal pane of glass! But that’s not what makes it Madagascar’s most mysterious microbat. Have a listen.

The paper is:

Ralisata, M., D. Rakotondravony, and P. A. Racey 2015. The Relationship between Male Sucker-Footed Bats Myzopoda aurita and the Traveller’s Tree Ravenala madagascariensis in South-Eastern Madagascar. Acta Chiropterologica. DOI: 10.3161/15081109ACC2015.17.1.008.