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Ghost Bat (Macroderma gigas)
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Chiroptera
Family Megadermatidae

Megadermatidae or false vampire bats, is a family of bats found from central Africa, eastwards through southern Asia, and into Australia. They are relatively large bats, ranging from 6.5 cm to 14 cm in head-body length. They have large eyes, very large ears and a prominent nose-leaf. They have a wide membrane between the hind legs, or uropatagium, but no tail. Many species are a drab brown in color, but some are white, bluish-grey or even olive-green, helping to camouflage them against their preferred roosting environments. They are primarily insectivorous, but will also eat a wide range of small vertebrates.


Genus: Cardioderma
 Heart-nosed Bat (Peters, 1872) (Cardioderma cor)
Genus: Lavia
 Yellow-winged Bat (É. Geoffroy, 1810) (Lavia frons)
Genus: Eudiscoderma
 Thongaree’s Disc-nosed Bat (Soisook, Prajakjitr, Karapan, Francis & Bates, 2015) (Eudiscoderma thongareeae)
Genus: Macroderma
 Ghost Bat (Dobson, 1887) (Macroderma gigas)
Genus: Megaderma
 Greater False Vampire Bat (É. Geoffroy, 1810) (Megaderma lyra)
 Lesser False Vampire Bat (Linnaeus, 1758) (Megaderma spasma)