D'Anchieta's fruit bat

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D'Anchieta's fruit bat
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Family: Pteropodidae
Genus: Plerotes
K. Andersen, 1910
Species: P. anchietae
Binomial name
Plerotes anchietae
(de Seabra, 1900)
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D'Anchieta's Fruit Bat range

Epomorphus anchietae Seabra, 1900

D'Anchieta's fruit bat (Plerotes anchietae) is a species of megabat in the family Pteropodidae.[1] It is the only species in the genus Plerotes.[citation needed] It is found in Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, and Zambia, where it lives in subtropical or tropical dry forests, dry savanna, and moist savanna.[1] It is listed as Data Deficient on the IUCN Red List.[1] The scientific and common names for the species commemorate José Alberto de Oliveira Anchieta, who is also honoured in the names of Anchieta's Pipistrelle (Hypsugo anchietae) and the Angolan Vlei Rat (Otomys anchietae).[2] It was described in 1900 by Antero Frederico de Seabra, under the name Epomorphus anchietae.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d S. Mickleburgh; A. M. Hutson; W. Bergmans; J. Fahr; W. Chitaukali & F. P. D. Cotterill (2008). "Plerotes anchietae". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2008: e.T17618A7193171. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T17618A7193171.en. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  2. ^ Bo Beolens; Michael Watkins; Michael Grayson (2009). "D'Anchieta". The Eponym Dictionary of Mammals. Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 98. ISBN 978-0-8018-9304-9.
  3. ^ Nancy B. Simmons (2005). "Order Chiroptera". In Don E. Wilson; DeeAnn M. Reeder. Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, volume 1 (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 312–529. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0.