Lyle’s Flying Fox, Pteropus lylei
Lyle’s flying fox (Pteropus lylei) is a megabat that is native to Yunnan in China, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Although nothing is known about this species in China, it is known to prefer homes in mangrove forests in Vietnam. It is known to roost in trees, where it can be destructive, and feeds on fruit in orchards. Because of this, it is considered a pest in Thailand, where the majority of its full populations can be found. One colony in Thailand is thought to number around three thousand, but there are eleven known colonies in its range, with three occurring in Vietnam.
Lyle’s flying fox is threatened in Cambodia by hunting, and in Thailand, it is threatened by both hunting and habitat loss. It does not occur in protected areas in Cambodia or Vietnam, but it is listed in Appendix II of CITES. In Thailand, Lyle’s flying fox is protected by monks and it appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Vulnerable”.
Image Caption: Lyle’s flying fox (Pteropus lylei). Credit: Malene Thyssen/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 2.5)