Seychelles Fruit Bat, Pteropus seychellensis

Seychelles fruit bat (Pteropus seychellensis), also known as Seychelles flying fox, is a species of megabat that can be found on the Seychelles, Mafia Island, and on Comoros. It prefers a habitat within primary and secondary tropical forests, as well as coral rag forests and areas inhabited by humans. Typical colonies number around three hundred individual and can be found roosting in trees. The species consumes native plants, which makes is a good seed disperser, but it thought of as a pest in some areas because it also consumes cultivated plants.

Seychelles fruit bat has no known major threats, although it is hunted in some areas of its range. In 1979, the total population number of this species was estimated to be about ten thousand and this number is not thought to have changed much. More information is needed about the taxonomy of the species and its two subspecies, as well as its threats and possible declining population trends. Seychelles fruit bat is listed on Appendix II of CITES and appears on the IUCN red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern.”

Image Caption: Pteropus seychellensis (Seychelles Fruit Bat). Taken at Praslin. Credit: Hubris.nemesis/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)