Black-bellied fruit bat
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The black-bellied fruit bat (Melonycteris melanops) is a species of bat in the Pteropodidae family. It is endemic to Papua New Guinea. During daytime, this tiny flying fox roosts usually among dry banana leaves, a perfect camouflage given its orange, brown, black and white belly fur pattern. Males are resource defenders; in gardens they try to monopolize banana flowers within a territory.
- Chiroptera Specialist Group 1996. Melonycteris melanops. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 30 July 2007.
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