(Other Names: Kengki, Mutukenu, Solomons Horseshoe Bat)
The flower-faced bat is a small, distinctive horseshoe bat with an orange-yellow nose-leaf. The length of its head and body total about 5 cm (2"). One male weighed 8 g (0.3 oz). The flower-faced bat is found from sea level to 200 m (660') throughout its range. It occurs in rain forest, but will also fly around village houses. It probably eats insects picked off of foliage.
The flower-faced bat occurs on the islands of Choiseul, Florida, Guadalcanal and Santa Isabel in the Solomon Islands, as well as on the island of Bougainville between the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. It occurs in a region subject to increasing habitat disruption.
*** The name "horseshoe" bat comes from the fact that the lower part of the nose-leaf, which covers the upper lip and around the nostrils, is horseshoe-shaped in these bats.
*** Etymology of the scientific name of the flower-faced bat: genus name - "flower-face" (Greek), a reference to the ornate nose-leaf; species name - "ornate" (Latin) a further reference to the nose-leaf (Flannery 1995a).
The flower-faced bat occurs on the islands of Choiseul, Florida, Guadalcanal and Santa Isabel in the Solomon Islands, as well as on the island of Bougainville between the Solomon Islands and mainland Papua New Guinea (Bonaccorso 1998).
The flower-faced bat occurs in a region subject to increasing habitat disruption (Nowak 1999).
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