Andersen's naked-backed fruit bat

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Andersen's naked-backed fruit bat
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Family: Pteropodidae
Genus: Dobsonia
Species: D. anderseni
Binomial name
Dobsonia anderseni
Thomas, 1914
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Andersen's naked-backed fruit bat range

Andersen's naked-backed fruit bat or Andersen's bare-backed fruit bat (Dobsonia anderseni) is a large cave-dwelling species of megabat in the family Pteropodidae. It is endemic to the Bismarck Archipelago including the Admiralty Islands in Papua New Guinea.

"It is a common species that may have increased in abundance with development, because it feeds in agricultural areas. This species lives in colonies which roost in tree hollows, caves, and man-made tunnels. It feeds on canopy and subcanopy fruits (Bonaccorso 1998; Flannery 1995). Found in many habitats, including human dominated environments. Females give birth to a single young. Local populations are vulnerable to the disturbance of caves and overhunting."[1]


  1. ^ a b K. Helgen; A. Allison; F. Bonaccorso & S. Hamilton (2008). "Dobsonia anderseni". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 3.1 (3.1). International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved May 9, 2011.