Pteropus


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Pteropus

 

(fruit bats or flying foxes), a genus of bats of the suborder Megachiroptera. These bats are relatively large; for example, the body length of the kalonga (Pteropus vampyrus) reaches 40 cm, with a wingspread of 1.4 m. Tails are absent, the nose is pointed, and the ears are small. The head is generally similar to that of a dog or fox. There are approximately 40 species, distributed in southern and southeastern Asia, New Guinea, Australia, Oceania, and Madagascar. They feed on fruit juices and pulps, as well as on flowers that are rich in nectar and pollen. In some places these bats are harmful garden pests. Their meat is edible. The name “flying foxes” is sometimes used for all the Megachiroptera.

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It can be concluded from the present study that ejecta of the Pteropus giganteus are composed of beneficial and pathogenic microbes.
Torpy, 'Daytime Behaviour of the Grey-Headed Flying Fox Pteropus Poliocephalus Temminck (Pteropodidae: Megachiroptera) at an Autumn/Winter Roost', Australian Mammalogy, 28 (2006).
This paper examines the three hypotheses outlined above using data from two Paleotropical island Pteropus species, Pteropus samoensis Peale and Pteropus tonganus Quoy and Gaimard, which coexist in the Samoan islands.
This distance chosen was arbitrary but reasonably represents the distance that a person could travel within a day, even without access to good roads, and is within the typical nightly foraging radius of Pteropus bats, which has been observed as 20-50 km (28-30).
Little Red Flying-fox Pteropus scapulatus, an uncommon visitor to southern Victoria (Menkhorst 1995), was found in three owl pellets (Table 2) collected at a site on the lower Yarra River.
Limin 2007 Intensive hunting of large flying foxes Pteropus vampyrus natunae in Central Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo.
Washington, August 26 (ANI): The world's largest species of fruit bat, Pteropus vampyrus, could be driven to extinction in Peninsular Malaysia at the current hunting rate, scientists have warned.
Diurnal home range and roosting trees of a maternity colony of Pteropus vampyrus natunae (Chiroptera: Pteropodidae) in Sedilu, Sarawak.