Not all bats fly at night

Species known to be nocturnal forages in the day on Tioman

Bats may have earned the reputation of being creatures of the night. A Singapore scientist, however, has found a species that is nocturnal in Singapore and other parts of the world, but diurnal - active during the day - on a Malaysian island.

National University of Singapore (NUS) mammal scientist Marcus Chua discovered the Blyth's horseshoe bat flying and foraging for food in the day - unusual behaviour for a bat - on Tioman Island, about five hours away from Singapore by car and ferry.

TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE

Thank you for reading The Straits Times

You have reached one of our Premium stories. To continue reading, get access now or log in if you are a subscriber.

What is Premium?

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 03, 2018, with the headline 'Not all bats fly at night'. Print Edition | Subscribe