Lavia frons affinis, the Yellow-winged bat, is native to Africa south of the Sahara desert. It is an echolocating bat that belongs to Megadermatidae, a group characterized by a noseleaf and very large ears that are joined at their base along the midline of the skull. Yellow-winged bats are insectivorous. They hunt like flycatchers, waiting on a perch and then swooping out to capture prey flying nearby, usually returning to the perch to feed. They are thought to live in permanent, territorial pairs.
About the Species
This specimen was collected from Faradje, Congo on 14 October 1912. It was made available to the University of Texas High-Resolution X-ray CT Facility for scanning by Anthony Troncale and Dr. Nancy Simmons of the American Museum of Natural History and Dr. Timothy Rowe of The University of Texas at Austin. Funding for scanning was provided by the American Museum of Natural History's Digital Library. Funding for image processing was provided by a National Science Foundation Digital Libraries Initiative grant to Dr. Rowe.
About this Specimen
The specimen was scanned by Matthew Colbert on 19 June 2002 along the coronal axis for a total of 545 slices, each slice 0.1334 mm thick with an interslice spacing of 0.1334 mm. Funding for scanning was provided by the American Museum of Natural History's Digital Library Project. The dataset displayed was reduced for optimal Web delivery from the original, much higher resolution CT data.