Hipposideros – Roundleaf bats
Despite their small size, they are fierce predators, feeding on a variety of insects including moths, beetles, and flies
Roundleaf bats are a group of small, insectivorous bats found in tropical regions of Africa, Asia, and Australia. They are named for their distinctive round-shaped leaves that protrude from their noses. These leaves act as sensory organs, helping the bats to locate prey in the dark.
One of the most distinct characteristics of Roundleaf bats is their nose leaves. These leaves are made up of a thin layer of skin that is stretched over the cartilage. They are highly sensitive and help bats to detect prey by sensing the echoes of their calls. Another unique feature of Roundleaf bats is their echolocation calls. Unlike other bats, they can produce highly directional echolocation calls. This allows them to focus their calls on a specific target, making them more efficient hunters.