Old World Sucker-Footed Bat: Myzopodidae
Physical Characteristics, Behavior And ReproductionGEOGRAPHIC RANGE, HABITAT, DIET, OLD WORLD SUCKER-FOOTED BATS AND PEOPLE, CONSERVATION STATUS
This species has been found only in Madagascar. It has been observed primarily from areas that stretch the full length of the east coast, and one area on the west coast. There are fewer than twenty localities where this bat has been recorded.
Old World sucker-footed bats are found primarily in the rainforests along eastern Madagascar.
An examination of one bat's droppings found that moths were its main food source. It is not known what other prey (animals eaten for food) or other foods the bats may eat.
These bats are considered extremely rare and the IUCN defines the loss of forest due to human interference as the most likely threat to this species.
Old-World sucker footed bats are considered one of the world's rarest species. The IUCN Red List categorizes these bats as Vulnerable, meaning they are facing a high risk of extinction in the wild.
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