Insular Flying Fox, Pteropus tonganus

The insular flying fox (Pteropus tonganus), also known as the Pacific flying fox, is a species of megabat that can be found in a large range including American Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, and Fiji, among other areas. It prefers a habitat within lowland forests and swamps. The insular flying fox can range in color from black to seal brown, with a colorful mantle that contains tans, yellows, and oranges. Its wings have been described as light brown or translucent. It is a social species that roosts in colonies and is most active during the night, when it will forage for fruits, pollen, and nectar. It is an important seed disperse for the Ceiba pentandra plant. The insular flying fox appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern.â€

Image Caption: Pacific flying fox (Pteropus tonganus) feeding in coconut palm Cocos nucifera. Credit: Paul Asman and Jill Lenoble/Wikipedia (CC BY 2.0)