Black-bellied fruit bat

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Black-bellied fruit bat
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Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Family: Pteropodidae
Genus: Melonycteris
Species: M. melanops
Binomial name
Melonycteris melanops
Dobson, 1877
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Black-bellied fruit bat range

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.

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