false vampire

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Synonyms for false vampire

any New or Old World carnivorous bat erroneously thought to suck blood but in fact feeding on insects

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Megadermatidae###Indian false vampire bat (Megaderma lyra)###14###LC
Owing to its feeding habits the false vampire bat is acknowledged as a good friend of farmers and is rewarded with protection by farmers who call it the goddess Laxmi" and provide it food during harsh weather (Mahmood-ul-Hassan and Nameer 2006).
The false vampires are neither blood sucking nor the members of family Desmodontidae which are confined to South America (Roberts 1997).
The false vampire bat (Vampyrum spectrum, Phyllostomidae) was recorded for the first time in Oaxaca by Alfaro et al.
The false vampire bat, or Megaderma lyra, uses distinctive social calls that sound like songs when recorded and played back at a slower speed, to attract female mates while the sac-winged bat, Saccopteryx bilineata, uses songs to mark out its territory.