Echolocation of Egyptian fruit bats is used to pinpoint the position of prey after detection by directing calls at the sides of the desired target.

"New research conducted at the University of Maryland’s bat lab shows Egyptian fruit bats find a target by NOT aiming their guiding sonar directly at it. Instead, they alternately point the sound beam to either side of the target. The new findings by researchers from Maryland and the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel suggest that this strategy optimizes the bats’ ability to pinpoint the location of a target, but also makes it harder for them to detect a target in the first place." (Science Daily 2010)

Last Updated August 23, 2016