Bats of Malawi

Nycteridae - Slit-faced bats

In Africa, this family is represented by the single genus Nycteris. Members of this genus are immediately recognisable by the arrangement of their noseleafs, which are covered by flaps of skin, giving the appearance of a slit running down the length of the muzzle. This genus has another unique feature: the last vertebra of the tail is bifurcated at its tip, creating a ‘T’ effect, which assists with supporting the tail membrane.

The wings are characteristically broad with rounded tips, adaptations for slow, manoeuvrable flight.

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