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.


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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