Rodriguez fruit bats are a large herbivorous bat species native to only one island belonging to Mauritius. They are also known as the “Rodriguez flying fox”. They can range from silver and black to reddish and bright orange to yellow in colour. They have small ears for bats as they don’t echolocate, and their wings are such thin layers of skin that they are almost transparent.

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