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Mortlock Islands Flying Fox Gets New Name
2013-10-29 12:52:39

Pensoft Publishers A specimen preserved in a jar of alcohol in The Natural History Museum, London has remained the only record of the Mortlock Islands flying fox, one of the least known bat species on the planet, for over 140 years. That is until now. A team of bat biologists led by Dr. Don Buden from the College of Micronesia has collected new information about this "forgotten" species, and studied it in the wild for the first time. The study is reported today in the open access journal...

2012-01-05 14:05:00

The Explore blog brings you exciting, informative, and inspiring wildlife conservation features, zoo and aquarium stories, and profiles. Be sure to visit http://wildexplorer.org to get your wild animal fix! Silver Spring, MD (PRWEB) January 05, 2012 The Rodrigues fruit bat is the most endangered bat in the world, and 13 of them are now featured in the bat exhibit at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. The exhibit will help facilitate the breeding of this critically endangered species while...

2009-11-05 12:39:31

Hendra has given bats a bad name. Understandable given Hendra virus has killed people and horses, and scientists have discovered that Hendra virus is carried by bats. But it's not all the bats' fault. "Flying-foxes or fruit bats are large, very mobile animals that can fly long distances, possibly 100s of kilometers overnight. They are also very social animals, and roost during the day in large communal groups. We are very aware of them because they are so visible at dawn and dusk when we see...

2009-08-27 14:34:31

The Wildlife Trust says the world's largest species of fruit bat, Pteropus vampyrus, could become extinct in Peninsular Malaysia at the current hunting rate. Jonathan Epstein, associate vice president of the U.S.-headquartered organization, said approximately 22,000 fruit bats, also called flying foxes, are legally hunted annually in Peninsular Malaysia, also known as West Malaysia, in addition to those illegally hunted. That, he said, is a level of hunting that's unsustainable based on...

2006-06-22 00:15:00

By Ed Stoddard ANALASOA, Madagascar -- The startled bats resemble a flock of demonic ravens as they take to the sky, their huge wings spreading over the green canopy of the forest. "They must be disturbed by our presence," said conservation biologist Dr. Richard Jenkins as scores of Madagascar's flying foxes squealed their displeasure at the human intrusion. With wingspans of a meter (3.3 ft) or more, the bats are surprisingly big but their chosen home is small. This ecological oddity...


Latest Pteropus Reference Libraries

Sulawesi Flying Fox, Acerodon celebensis
2013-08-29 10:18:35

The Sulawesi flying fox (Acerodon celebensis), also known as the Sulawesi fruit bat, is a species of mega bat that can be found in the Sulawesi subregion of Indonesia. Its range includes areas of Sulawesi, Butan like Mangole, Sanana, Selayar, Talenge, and Sangihe. It occurs at elevations of up to 4,921 feet in lowland habitats. It is often found in coastal areas near human settlements on the Sula Islands, causing experts to believe that it can withstand a small amount of human disturbance....

Mariana Fruit Bat, Pteropus mariannus
2013-07-09 15:20:41

The Mariana fruit bat (Pteropus mariannus), also known as the Mariana flying fox and locally as the fanihi, is a species of megabat that is native only to Guam, Ulithi, and the Mariana Islands from which the species was named. This species holds three subspecies, including the Ulithi Mariana fruit bat. The Mariana fruit bat reaches an average weight of up to 1.1 pounds, with males growing larger than females, displaying a sexual dimorphism. The underbelly can be brown to black in color,...

Grey-Headed Flying Fox, Pteropus poliocephalus
2013-07-09 15:17:51

The grey-headed flying fox (Pteropus poliocephalus) is a species of megabat that can be found in Australia. Its range includes a large area east of the Great Dividing Range that extends from Geelong to Bundaberg and includes Finch Hatton, Ingham, and Adelaide. It prefers a habitat within many areas including swamps, rainforests, and woodlands. The grey-headed flying fox is the largest bat within its range, reaching an average body length between 9.1 and 11.4 inches, a wingspan of up to 3.3...

Black-eared Flying Fox, Pteropus melanotus
2013-07-08 14:47:02

The black-eared flying fox (Pteropus melanotus), also known as the Christmas Island flying fox or Blyth's flying fox, is a species of megabat that can be found in India, Indonesia, and Australia. It has a limited range that includes the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in India, Sumatra in Indonesia, and Christmas Island in Australia. It is thought to prefer a habitat within mangrove forests near swamps and can be found at elevations of up to 3,280 feet above sea level. The black-eared flying...

Samoa Flying Fox, Pteropus samoensis
2013-07-08 14:43:23

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...

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Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.