Bismarck masked flying fox
|Bismarck masked flying fox|
|Bismarck masked flying fox range|
(green — native, brown — vagrant)
The Bismarck masked flying fox (Pteropus capistratus) is a species of flying fox in the family Pteropodidae found in Papua New Guinea and named after the Bismarck Archipelago. It was originally considered a subspecies of Pteropus temminckii before being reassessed in 2001. This species has two subspecies, P. c. capistratus and P. c. ennisae. The species has sometimes been classified as a subspecies of Pteropus temminckii. The IUCN classified it as Near Threatened in 2009, noting that the rate of decline is almost high enough to reclassify the species as Vulnerable.
It is one of the rare species of mammals in which the males can lactate.
- Hamilton, S.; Bonaccorso, F.; Helgen, K. & Allison, A. (2010). "Pteropus capistratus". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2010: e.T136373A4282456. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2010-2.RLTS.T136373A4282456.en. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
- D.E. Wilson & D.M. Reeder, 2005: Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference. Third Edition. The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore
- Bats: A World of Science and Mystery (Hardcover) by M. Brock Fenton, Nancy B. Simmons, p. 168.
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