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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The oldest ancestors of the genus Pteropus to bediscovered appear in the fossil record almost exactly as they are today, the only notable differences being early flight adaptations such as a tail for stabilizing.
Three other ommastrephid squids were identified from fish stomach contents; they were two rare prey species, the Atlantic bird squid Ornithoteuthis antillarum and the orangeback flying squid Sthenoteuthis pteropus, as well as the bait, Argentine shortfin squid Illex argentinus.
The reservoir for Nipah virus was determined to be two native species of large fruit bats, or, "flying foxes," from the genus Pteropus (Abdul Rahman, unpublished data).
We report acoustic communication in two species of flying fox that coexist in the Samoan archipelago, Pteropus samoensis and P.
A longitudinal study of the prevalence of Nipah virus in Pteropus lylei bats in Thailand: evidence for seasonal preference in disease transmission.
Preliminary evaluation of deslorelin, a GnRH agonist for contraception of the captive variable flying fox Pteropus hypomelanus.
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.
2004 Diurnal home range and roosting trees of a maternity colony of Pteropus vampyrus natunae (Chiroptera: Pteropodidae) in Sedilu, Sarawak.
Pteropus fruit bats come in contact with date palm sap by landing on the sap stream and contaminate sap with saliva and/or urine (7,8).