Beaufort's naked-backed fruit bat

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Beaufort's naked-backed fruit bat
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Family: Pteropodidae
Genus: Dobsonia
D. beauforti
Binomial name
Dobsonia beauforti
Bergmans, 1975
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Beaufort's naked-backed fruit bat range in Western New Guinea

Beaufort's naked-backed fruit bat (Dobsonia beauforti) is a species of megabat in the family Pteropodidae. Its natural habitat is in caves.

Taxonomy and etymology[edit]

Beaufort's naked-backed fruit bat was described as a new species in 1975 by W. Bergmans. The holotype had been collected in 1909 by Lieven Ferdinand de Beaufort in Waigeo, Indonesia. De Beaufort is the eponym for the species name "beauforti."[2]


Its ears, flight membranes, and back lacks fur. Its forearm length is 99.6–111.4 mm (3.92–4.39 in).[2] It is sexually dimorphic, with males larger than the females. Males are also a bright, yellowish-green in contrast to the drab brown fur of the females.[3] It is similar in appearance to the greenish naked-backed fruit bat, with which it may be confused.[1]

Range and habitat[edit]

It is endemic to Indonesia, where its range includes the Raja Ampat, Biak, and Supiori islands in Cenderawasih Bay.[1]


As of 2016, it is listed as a least-concern species by the IUCN. It meets the criteria for this classification because its range includes multiple islands; it is found within protected areas; and it is unlikely to be experiencing rapid population decline.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Mildenstein, T. (2016). "Dobsonia beauforti". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2016: e.T6772A22034699. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-1.RLTS.T6772A22034699.en. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b {Bergmans, W. (1975). "A new species of Dobsonia Palmer, 1898 (Mammalia, Megachiroptera) from Waigeo, with notes on other members of the genus". Beaufortia. 23 (295): 1–13.
  3. ^ Flannery, T. (1995). Mammals of the South-West Pacific & Moluccan Islands. Cornell University Press. pp. 192–193. ISBN 0801431506.