How many baby Cape serotines are in a litter?
A Cape serotine (Neoromicia capensis) usually gives birth to around 1 babies.
Upon birth, they weight 2 grams (0 lbs) and measure 2.9 cm (0′ 2″). They are a member of the Vespertilionidae family (genus: Neoromicia). An adult Cape serotine grows up to a size of 14.4 cm (0′ 6″).
To have a reference: Humans obviously usually have a litter size of one ;). Their babies are in the womb of their mother for 280 days (40 weeks) and reach an average size of 1.65m (5′ 5″). They weight in at 62 kg (137 lbs), which is obviously highly individual, and reach an average age of 75 years.
The Cape serotine (Neoromicia capensis) is a species of vesper bat occurring in Sub-Saharan Africa. ‘Serotine’ is from Latin ‘serotinus’ meaning ‘of the evening’.It is found in Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and possibly Djibouti.
Other animals of the family Vespertilionidae
Cape serotine is a member of the Vespertilionidae, as are these animals:
- Miniopterus macrocneme with 1 babies per pregnancy
- Gould’s long-eared bat with 1 babies per pregnancy
- Northern bat with 1 babies per pregnancy
- Large forest bat weighting only 6 grams
- Daubenton’s bat with 1 babies per pregnancy
- Cape hairy bat weighting only 13 grams
- Eisentraut’s pipistrelle weighting only 6 grams
- Bechstein’s bat with 1 babies per pregnancy
- African yellow bat with 2 babies per pregnancy
- Pipistrellus babu weighting only 4 grams
Animals that share a litter size with Cape serotine
Those animals also give birth to 1 babies at once:
- Lesser short-nosed fruit bat
- Black-mantled tamarin
- Broom hare
- Southern forest bat
- Bare-eared squirrel monkey
- Great fruit-eating bat
- Malagasy serotine
- Brown’s pademelon
Animals with the same weight as a Cape serotine
What other animals weight around 5 grams (0.01 lbs)?
- White-winged serotine weighting 5 grams
- Trinidad dog-like bat weighting 4 grams
- Kongana shrew weighting 5 grams
- Dwarf dog-faced bat weighting 5 grams
- Pomona roundleaf bat weighting 6 grams
- Schlieffen’s bat weighting 5 grams
- Least long-fingered bat weighting 4 grams
- Wollaston’s roundleaf bat weighting 6 grams
- Borneo roundleaf bat weighting 4 grams
- Marshall’s horseshoe bat weighting 5 grams