A woolly bat crawling out of it's roost - a carnivorous pitcher plant

by Michael Gerhard Schöner

PHD candidate

Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University of Greifswald

In Borneo a fascinating symbiosis has evolved: The small woolly bat Kerivoula hardwickii hardwickii can regularly be found in the carnivorous pitcher plant Nepenthes hemsleyana. The interaction is benefical for both: the bats have a safe place to sleep, the pitcher plants which commonly trap insects are able to gain 33% of their nutrition by digesting the nitrogen rich faeces which are left behind by the bats.

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