Angolan epauletted fruit bat

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Angolan epauletted fruit bat
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Family: Pteropodidae
Genus: Epomophorus
Species: E. angolensis
Binomial name
Epomophorus angolensis
Gray, 1870
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Angolan epauletted fruit bat range

The Angolan epauletted fruit bat (Epomophorus angolensis) is a species of megabat in the family Pteropodidae. It is found in Angola and Namibia. Its natural habitats are dry savanna and moist savanna. It is threatened by habitat loss.

Taxonomy and etymology[edit]

It was described as a new species in 1870 by British zoologist John Edward Gray.[2] Gray described it as a "variety" of Epomophorus macrocephalus[2], which has since been synonymized with the Angolan epauletted fruit bat.[3] Its species name "angolensis" is Latin for "Angolan."

Range and habitat[edit]

It is found in two countries in Southern Africa, including Angola and Namibia. It is generally found in low-lying areas, though its range may include some montane habitats as well.[1]

Conservation[edit]

As of 2016, it is evaluated as a near-threatened species by the IUCN. It meets the criteria for this assessment because it experienced an estimated population decline of 20-25% from 2004–2016. It is also losing the riparian habitat and fruit trees that it depends on.[1]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Mildenstein, T. (2016). "Epomophorus angolensis". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T7901A22122903. 
  2. ^ a b Gray, J. E. (1870). Catalogue of monkeys, lemurs, and fruit-eating bats in the collection of the British Museum. Order of the Trustees. p. 125. 
  3. ^ "Epomophorus macrocephalus angolensis Gray, 1870". ITIS. US Federal Government. Retrieved 18 May 2018.