African trident bat – Wikipedia

The African trident bat, Triaenops afer, is a species of bat found in Africa.

Taxonomy and etymology[edit]

It was described as a new species in 1877 by German zoologist Wilhelm Peters.[2] It was considered a subspecies of the Rufous trident bat from approximately 1963–2009, when morphological and genetic analyses showed that it was a distinct species.[3] Its species name “afer” is Latin for “African.”

Biology and ecology[edit]

It is nocturnal, roosting in sheltered places during the day such as caves or abandoned mines. Roosts can consist of up to half a million individuals, as this is a colonial species.[1]

Range and habitat[edit]

It is the only member of its genus found in continental Africa. It has been documented in Eritrea, Mozambique, southwest Congo, and northwest Angola.[3]

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