Singapore's native bats

Lesser false vampire bat (Megaderma spasma)
Lesser false vampire bat (Megaderma spasma)PHOTOS: MARCUS CHUA, BENJAMIN LEE
Horsfield's bat (Myotis horsfieldii)
Horsfield's bat (Myotis horsfieldii)PHOTOS: MARCUS CHUA, BENJAMIN LEE
Cave nectar bat (Eonycteris spelaea)
Cave nectar bat (Eonycteris spelaea)PHOTOS: MARCUS CHUA, BENJAMIN LEE
Lesser dog-faced fruit bat  (Cynopterus brachyotis)
Lesser dog-faced fruit bat (Cynopterus brachyotis)PHOTOS: MARCUS CHUA, BENJAMIN LEE
Pouched tomb bat (Saccolaimus saccolaimus)
Pouched tomb bat (Saccolaimus saccolaimus)PHOTOS: MARCUS CHUA, BENJAMIN LEE
Yellow house bat (Scotophilus kuhlii)
Yellow house bat (Scotophilus kuhlii)PHOTOS: MARCUS CHUA, BENJAMIN LEE
Bamboo bat (Tylonycteris sp.)
Bamboo bat (Tylonycteris sp.) PHOTOS: MARCUS CHUA, BENJAMIN LEE

Bats may have earned a reputation as blood-suckers in popular culture, but they are not as scary.

In fact, they play an important role as gardeners and pest-controllers.

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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 'Singapore's native bats'. Print Edition | Subscribe