Bats of Malawi

Emballonuridae - Sheath-Tailed Bats

Emballonurids are immediately recognisable by the particular configuration of the tail, which is only partly enclosed by the tail membrane proximally, but independent of the membrane distally. Hence, the tail appears to protrude out from above the tail membrane. All members of this family also have large eyes and a plain face without noseleafs. The wings of Emballonuridae are typically long and pointed – an adaptation for swift flight.

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