Pohle's fruit bat

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Pohle's Fruit Bat
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Family: Pteropodidae
Genus: Scotonycteris
Species: S. ophiodon
Binomial name
Scotonycteris ophiodon
Pohle, 1943
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Pohle's Fruit Bat range

Pohle's Fruit Bat (Scotonycteris ophiodon) is a near threatened species of megabat found in the subtropical or tropical forests of Cameroon, the Republic of Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana and Liberia. [1]

Characteristics[edit]

These bats are also known as 'tear-drop' fruit bats because of the prominent tear-like white spots found on both sides of their eyes and on their upper lips. Their fur is tainted and the wings a dark brown. They measure 74-78 millimeters and weigh between 35 and 60 grams.[2]

Ecology[edit]

These bats live in the lowland forests of West and Central Africa, mostly in the lowest level of undergrowth, where they feed on various fruits and flowers.

Conservation[edit]

The main threats to this species' habitat include agriculture, mining, logging, and human disturbances such as fire. There are established policy based legislation actions as well as habitat and site-based action in protected areas.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Mickleburgh, S., Hutson, A., Bergmans, W., Fahr, J. & Juste, J. 2004. In: IUCN 2006. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. http://www.iucnredlist.org/search/details.php/20059/all. Downloaded on 29 April 2007. Apr. 29 2007.
  2. ^ Kingdon, Jonathan. The Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals. California: Academic Press, 1997.