Fijian monkey-faced bat

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Fijian monkey-faced bat
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Male Fijian monkey-faced bat near the summit of Des Vœux Peak in Taveuni, Fiji. This individual bat is the holotype of the species.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Family: Pteropodidae
Genus: Mirimiri
Helgen, 2005
Species: M. acrodonta
Binomial name
Mirimiri acrodonta
(Hill & Beckon, 1978)
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Fijian monkey-faced bat range
Synonyms

Pteralopex acrodonta

The Fijian monkey-faced bat (Mirimiri acrodonta) is a megabat endemic to Fiji. It was discovered in old-growth cloud forest on Des Vœux Peak, the second highest mountain peak (1,195 m) on the island of Taveuni by William and Ruth Beckon in 1976,[2] and is Fiji's only endemic mammal.[3] It has recently been transferred from Pteralopex to its own monotypic genus Mirimiri.[4]

Conservation[edit]

It is listed as a critically endangered species due to habitat loss.[1] Due to its imperiled status, it is identified by the Alliance for Zero Extinction as a species in danger of imminent extinction.[5] In 2013, Bat Conservation International listed this species as one of the 35 species of its worldwide priority list of conservation.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Helgen, K., Palmeirim, J. & Allison, A. (2008). Mirimiri acrodonta. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2
  2. ^ Hill, J. E.; Beckon, W. N. (1976). "A new species of Pteralopex Thomas, 1888 (Chiroptera: Pteropodidae) from the Fiji Islands" (PDF). Bull. Br. Mus. Nat. Hist. (Zool.). 34 (2): 65–82. 
  3. ^ "Kula Ecopark". Archived from the original on 2007-09-19. Retrieved 2008-12-18. 
  4. ^ Helgen, K. M. (2005). "Systematics of the Pacific monkey-faced bats (Chiroptera: Pteropodidae), with a new species of Pteralopex and a new Fijian genus". Systematics and Biodiversity. 3 (4): 433–453. doi:10.1017/S1477200005001702. 
  5. ^ "A Five-Year Plan for Global Bat Conservation" (PDF). batcon.org. Bat Conservation International. October 2013. Retrieved May 1, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Annual Report 2013-2014" (PDF). batcon.org. Bat Conservation International. August 2014. Retrieved May 1, 2017.