Seychelles fruit bat

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Seychelles fruit bat
Pteropus seychellensis.jpg
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Family: Pteropodidae
Subfamily: Pteropodinae
Genus: Pteropus
Species: P. seychellensis
Binomial name
Pteropus seychellensis
Kerr, 1792
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Seychelles fruit bat range

The Seychelles fruit bat or Seychelles flying fox, Pteropus seychellensis, is a megabat found on the granitic islands of Seychelles, and on the Comoros and Mafia Island. It is a significant component of the ecosystems for the islands, dispersing the seeds of many tree species. Although it is hunted for meat on some islands, it remains abundant. It is particularly common on Silhouette Island.

References[edit]

  1. ^ S. Mickleburgh, A. M. Hutson, W. Bergmans, K. Howell & J. Gerlach (2008). "Pteropus seychellensis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2009.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved February 9, 2010.