Saccolaimus flaviventris

Saccolaimus flaviventris

(Yellow-bellied Sheathtail Bat)

FAMILY

Emballonuridae

Species

Saccolaimus flaviventris

Common name

Yellow-bellied Sheathtail Bat

Main colour; forearm

Black back; forearm 6.5-8.2 cm

Mature weight

30-60 g

Location

Townsville

Description

This small insectivorous bat has a jet black back and head which contrasts with the white to yellow belly fur, it has a short tail; males have a prominent throat pouch absent in the females. There is no wing pouch. It is found in many habitats usually flying above the canopy. Usually few in a colony, roots in burrow, in cracks in the soil and under rock slabs.