Biak naked-backed fruit bat
|Biak naked-backed fruit bat|
Bergmans & Sarbini, 1985
|Biak naked-backed fruit bat range|
Taxonomy and etymology
The Biak naked-backed fruit bat was first described as a species in 1985. Its species name "emersa" is from Latin "emergere," meaning "to emerge." Bergmans and Sarbini selected this name because zoologists such as Fredericus Anna Jentink had written about Dobsonia species from this area long ago, but had overlooked this taxa.
Range and habitat
As of 2008, it is evaluated as a vulnerable species by the IUCN. It meets the criteria for this classification because it is known from fewer than five locations. It is susceptible to population decline via overhunting and disturbance of its roost sites.
- Bonaccorso, F. & Helgen, K. (2008). "Dobsonia emersa". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2008: e.T6774A12804581. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T6774A12804581.en. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
- Bergmans, W.; Sarbini, S. (1985). "Fruit Bats of the genus Dobsonia Palmer, 1898 from the Islands of Biak, Owii, Numfoor and Yapen, Irian Java (Mammalia, Megachiroptera)". Beaufortia. 34 (6): 181–189.