‘eighty years of promoting biodiversity conservation through taxonomic research, scientific training and international networks’

Harrison Institute, Centre for Biodiversity Research

Omar Nurhussein measuring a bat voucher specimen during the 1997 Harrison Institute/University of Addis Ababa expedition in Ethiopia.

Malcolm Pearch setting a bat net in south-western Ethiopia.

The trident bat, Triaenops persicus, a spectacular bat species found in East Africa.

Three species of African striped mice belonging to the genus Lemniscomys.

Field work in Malawi.

Bat netting in Malawi.

Small mammal specimens from Malawi pinned out in a portable drying tray.

African mammals

Host countries:
Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Malawi

Project objective: To increase knowledge of the mammal faunas of a diverse number of habitats in eastern Africa.  Small mammal and bat surveys were conducted in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Malawi. These complemented the substantive small mammal (and especially bats) collections already held by the Institute.  Reference material is held from many countries in Africa and in particular from the following:
  • Algeria (donation from Kazimierz Kowalski and Barbara Rzebik-Kowalska)
  • Botswana (from Ray Smithers)
  • Democratic Republic of Congo (from Michael Gallagher and Bob Dowsett)
  • Gambia (from Ian Brownlow)
  • Kenya (from John Williams)
  • Malawi (from R. H. Oram)
  • Madagascar
  • Morocco (previously collected by Harrison Institute).
  • Nigeria (from Mrs P. Swire)
  • South Africa (from Philip Clancey)
  • Sudan (from John Williams)
  • Tanzania (from C. J. P. Ionides, D. Vesey-Fitzgerald, and A. F. Reese)
  • Tunisia (previously collected by Harrison Institute)
  • Zambia (from Frank Ansell)
  • Zimbabwe (from Reay Smithers)

Harrison Institute contact:
Dr Paul Bates – harrisoninstitute@btinternet.com

Publications (in chronological order)

Harrison, D. L. and P. A. Clancey. 1952. Notes on the Bats (Microchiroptera) from a cave in the Pietermaritzburg District of Natal. Annals of the Natal Museum 12  (2.): 177-182.

Harrison, D. L. 1953. Some systematic notes on the Long-fingered Bats of the genus Miniopterus Bonaparte occurring in South Africa and Madagascar. Durban Museum Novitates 4.(5): 65-75.

Harrison, D. L. 1956. A new Flat-headed Bat of the genus Platymops Thomas from S.E Sudan. Annals and Magazine of Natural History 12 (9): 549-552.

Harrison, D. L. 1957. A note on the occurrence of the Woolly Bat, Kerivoula cuprosa Thomas in Kenya. Revue de Zoologie et de Botanique Africaines. Brussels 4 (1-2): 47- 48.

Harrison, D. L. 1957. Notes on African Bats 1. Some systematic and anatomical notes on the African Bats of the genus Otomops Thomas. Durban Museum Novitates 5 (2): 17- 24.

Harrison, D. L. 1957. Notes on African Bats 2. Some observations on the relationship between the African Slit-faced Bats Nycteris hispida Schreber and Nycteris aurita K. Andersen. Durban Museum Novitates 5 (2): 24-26.

Harrison, D. L. 1958. Two Bats (Microchiroptera) new to the fauna of Tanganyika Territory. Durban Museum Novitates 5 (7): 95-98.

Harrison, D. L. and  J. D. L. Fleetwood. 1958. Welwitsch’s Bat Myotis welwitschii Gray, a species new to the fauna of Kenya Colony. Durban Museum Novitates 5 (9): 111-114.

Harrison, D. L. 1958. A new Race of the Tomb Bat Taphozous perforatus E.Geoffroy, 1818 from Northern Nigeria. Durban Museum Novitates, 5(11): 143-149.

Harrison, D. L. 1958. A note on successive pregnancies in an African Bat (Tadarida pumila websteri Dollman). Mammalia (Paris) 22 (4): 592-594.

Harrison, D. L. 1959. A new subspecies of Lesser Long-winged Bat Miniopterus minor Peters, 1867 from the Comoro Islands. Durban Museum Novitates 5 (15): 191-196.

Harrison, D. L. 1959. Report on the Bats (Chiroptera) in the collection of the National Museum of Southern Rhodesia. Occasional Papers of the National Museum of Southern Rhodesia. 23 B: 218-231.

Harrison, D. L. and J. D. L. Fleetwood. 1960. A new race of the Flat-headed Bat Platymops barbatogularis Harrison from Kenya Colony, with observations on the anatomy of the gular sac and genitalia. Durban Museum Novitates 5 (20): 269-284.

Harrison, D. L. 1960. Notes on some Central and East African Bats. 1. The occurrence of Bocages Fruit bat Rousettus (Lissonycteris) angolensis Bocage in Southern Rhodesia. Durban Museum Novitates 6(5): 65-67.

Harrison, D. L. 1960.  Anchieta’s Fruit Bat Plerotes anchietae Seabra 1900, in Northern Rhodesia with a description of the tongue of the species. Durban Museum Novitates 6 (5): 68-74.

Harrison, D. L. 1960.  The Free-tailed bat Tadarida fulminans Thomas, 1903 in Kenya Colony. Durban Museum Novitates 6 (5): 74-78. 2Pl; 2 Tabs. Dec, 1960.

Harrison, D. L. 1961.  Notes on Southern and East African Bats. 1.On a Tomb Bat Taphozous perforatus  E.Geoffroy, 1818, new for Tanganyika Territory. Durban Museum Novitates 6  (12) : 149-150.

Harrison, D. L. 1961.  2. Notes on a mutant Scotophilus from Southern Rhodesia. Durban Museum Novitates 6 (12):150-151.

Harrison, D. L. 1961. A Checklist of the Bats (Chiroptera) of Kenya Colony. Journal of the East African Natural History Society 23 (7): (104): 286- 295.

Harrison, D. L. 1962. On bats collected on the Limpopo River, with the description of a new race of the Tomb Bat , Taphozous sudani Thomas, 1915. Occasional Papers of the National Museum of Southern Rhodesia, 26 b: 755- 766.

Lanza, B. and D. L. Harrison. 1963.  A new description of the type specimen of Nyctinomus aloysiisabaudiae Festa 1907. Zeitschrift fur Saugethierkunde 28 (2): 102- 107.

Harrison, D. L. 1963. Observations on the North African Serotine Bat . Eptesicus serotinus isabellinus (Temminck, 1840) (Mammalia: Chiroptera). Zoologische Mededeelingen 38 (12): 208- 212.

Harrison, D. L. 1963. A note on the occurrence of the Forest bat, Kerivoula smithii Thomas, 1880, in Kenya. Mammalia (Paris) 27 (2): 307-310.

Harrison, D. L. 1963. On the occurrence of the Leaf-nosed Bat Triaenops afer Peters, 1877 in Mozambique. Durban Museum Novitates  7 (3): 71-72.

Harrison, D. L. 1963. A note on the occurrence of the Large Free-tailed Bat, Otomops martiensseni Matschie, 1897 (Chiroptera: Molossidae) in Rhodesia. Arnoldia No.4 (2): 1-3.

Harrison, D. L. 1964. Notes on some Southern Rhodesian Microchiroptera. Arnoldia 1 (3): 1-3.

Hayman, R.W. and D. L. Harrison. 1966. A note on Tadarida (Chaerephon) bivittata Heuglin. Zeitschrift fur Saugetierkunde 31 (1966): (3): 219-226.

Harrison, D. L. 1966. A note on the occurrence of Sundevall’s Free-tailed Bat Tadarida (Mops) midas Sundevall. 1843 (Chiroptera: Molossidae) in Bechuanaland. Arnoldia 2 (30): 1-2.

Harrison, D. L. 1967. Observations on some rodents from Tunisia, with the description of a new gerbil (Gerbillinae: Rodentia). Mammalia Paris, 31(3): 382-389.

Harrison, D. L. 1968.  Further notes on African Microchiroptera. Arnoldia 3(30): 1-4.

Peterson, R. L. and D. L. Harrison. 1970. The second and third known specimens of the African Molossid Bat, Tadarida lobata. Life Science Occasional Papers of the Royal Ontario Museum 16, 1-16.

Harrison, D. L. 1971. A note on the occurrence of the Giant African Free-tailed Bat, Tadarida africana (Dobson, 1876), in Tanzania, with some observations on the characters of the species. Arnoldia 5(19): 1-5.

Harrison, D. L. 1975. A new species of African Free-tailed Bat (Chiroptera:Molossidae) obtained by the Zaire River Expedition. Mammalia Paris 39 (2): 311-318.

Gallagher. M. D. and D. L. Harrison. 1977. Report on the Bats (Chiroptera) obtained by The Zaire River Expedition. Bonner Zoologische Beitrage 28: 19-32.

Harrison, D. L. and I. P. Brownlow. 1978. A comparative study of the baculum in bats of the genus Scotophilus (Chiroptera:Vespertilionidae) Mammalia Paris 42(1): 123-130.

Harrison, D. L. 1978. A critical examination of alleged sibling species in the Lesser Three-toed Jerboas (subgenus Jaculus) of the North African and Arabian deserts. Bulletin of the Carnegie Museum of Natural Hidstory 6: 77-80.

Harrison, D. L. 1982. Two bats (Chiroptera) new to the fauna of Malawi. Nyala 8 (2): 99-100.

Harrison, D. L. and P. J. J. Bates. 1985. An unusual dental anomaly in an African Hedghog (Erinaceus albiventris Wagner, 1841) (Insectivora: Erinaceidae) Mammalia Paris 49 (3): 432-434.

Bates, P. J. J. 1985. Studies of gerbils of genus Tatera: The specific distinction of Tatera robusta (Cretzschmar, 1826), Tatera nigricauda (Peters, 1878) and Tatera phillipsi (De Winton,1898). Mammalia 49: 37-52.

Harrison, D. L. and P. J. J. Bates. 1986. New records of a rare African Shrew, Crocidura butleri percevali Dollman, 1915 (Insectivora: Soricidae). Annals Naturhistorisches Museum Wien 88/89 B: 205-211.

Hill, J. E., D. L. Harrison and T. S. Jones. 1988. New records of bats (Microchiroptera) from Nigeria. Mammalia Paris 52 (4): 590-592.

Bates, P. J. J. 1988. Systematics and zoogeography of Tatera (Rodentia: Gerbillinae) of north-east Africa and Asia. Bonner zool. Beitr., 39(4): 265-303.

Dowsett R. J., D. L. Harrison, and L.Granjon. 1991. Bats (Chiroptera) from the Mayombe and lower Kouilou (with a checklist for Congo). In: Dowsett, R. J. and F. Dowsett-Lazzire (Eds). Flora et faune de Bassin de Kouilou (Congo) et leur exploitation. Turaco Research Report No.4 (14) : 251-263.

Duckworth J. W., D. L. Harrison, and R. J. Timmins. 1993. Notes on a collection of small mammals from the Ethiopian Rift valley. Mammalia Paris 57 (2): 278-282.

Thomas, N. M., D. L. Harrison, and P. J. J. Bates. 1994. A study of the baculum in the genus Nycteris (Mammalia: Chiroptera: Nycteridae) with consideration of its taxonomic importance. Bonner Zoologische Beitrage 45 (1): 17-31.

Bates, P. J. J. 1994. The distribution of Acomys (Rodentia: Muridae) in Africa and Asia. Israel Journal of Zoology, 40: 199-214.

Pearch, M.J., P.J.J. Bates., and C. Magin. 2001. A review of the small mammal fauna of Djibouti and the results of a recent survey. Mammalia, 65(3): 387-409.

Bates, P. J. J., F. H. Ratrimomanarivo, D. L. Harrison, and S. M. Goodman. 2006. A description of a new species of Pipistrellus (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) from Madagascar with a review of related Vespertilionidae from the island. Acta Chiropterologica 8(2): 299-324.

Lamb, J.M., T.M.C. Ralph, S.M. Goodman, W. Bogdanowicz, J. Fahr, M. Gajewska, P.J.J. Bates, J. Eger, P. Benda and P.J. Taylor. 2008. Phylogeography and predicted distribution of African-Arabian and Malagasy populations of giant mastiff bats, Otomops spp. (Chiroptera: Molossidae). Acta Chiropterologica, 10(1): 21-40.