Common blossom bat

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Common blossom bat
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Family: Pteropodidae
Genus: Syconycteris
Species: S. australis
Binomial name
Syconycteris australis
(Peters, 1867)
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Common blossom bat range

The common blossom bat, Syconycteris australis, also known as the southern blossom bat or Queensland blossom bat, is a megabat in the family Pteropodidae.

The common blossom bat feeds mostly on nectar and pollen rather than fruit. They are only 60 mm long, and this small size most likely aids them in collecting pollen and nectar. S. australis changes roosts daily, unlike many of the larger species. The common blossom bat's only enemy is the honeybee. It is one of eight Pteropodidae species in Australia. It is the smallest of all fruit bats.

References[edit]

  • Law, B.S., 1993. "Roosting and Foraging Ecology of the Queensland Blossom Bat (Syconycteris australis) in North-eastern New South Wales: Flexibility Response to Seasonal Variation", Vol. 20, pp. 419–431.
  • DEC 2005, "Eastern Tube-nosed Bat – profile". Department of Environment and Conservation, accessed 7 September 2006 from [1].