The term “flying fox” originated from the fact that bats, being hairy, mammalian dwellers of the skies, frequently have a canine appearance. But there is more than a passing resemblance in this curiously attractive fruit bat.
He has a dog’s appearance with wings.
Fruit bat evolution is studied by Nicolas Nesi, a postdoctoral research associate at Queen Mary College of London. A Buettikofer’s epauletted bat was one of the most amazing creatures Nesi came across while conducting research for his PhD thesis in the bogs of West Africa. They were made in this way by nature.
Nesi told The Dodo, “This is an adult male specimen, he appears to have a dog head. Man has a large snout and lips that resemble those of canines.
In order to attract potential friends, the males of this species also have epaulettes of long, white hair that border scent glands on their shoulders. It also contributes to the fluffy, canine appearance. So much so that people frequently find it difficult to accept that this bat is real.
Nesi said, “I’ve worked with this species before, so I know what to expect. I can understand why people could be shocked and think it was Photoshopped, though.
These animals are more than just attractive faces, despite the fact that they are extremely stunning. Like all other varieties of bats, Buettikofer’s epauleted bats are crucial to preserving the equilibrium of their habitats.
According to Nesi, “fruit bats are incredibly important because by eating fruit, they spread seeds and so contribute to forest regeneration.” Fruit bats, as well as insect and bird [species], are particularly significant pollinators in tropical and arid settings.