Samoa Flying Fox, Pteropus samoensis

The Samoa flying fox (Pteropus samoensis), also known as the Samoan flying fox, is a species of megabat that can be found in Samoa, American Samoa, and Fiji. It prefers a habitat within tropical and subtropical forests, but it can also be found near villages or plantations. It roosts in small colonies or alone in the forest canopy and females are thought to give birth to one pup per year.

The Samoa flying fox is threatened by habitat loss and hunting in some areas of its range, but it can be threatened by natural disasters like typhoons throughout its entire range. Although overhunting is no longer a major threat to the species as a whole, regulations are required in order to preserve its population numbers. It appears in some protected areas, but conservation efforts such as local education and research are also needed. The Samoa flying fox is listed on Appendix I of CITES and appears in the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Near Threatened.â€

Image Caption: Pteropus whitmeei=Pteropus samoensis. Credit: G H Ford/Wikipedia