Gray flying fox

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Gray flying fox
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Family: Pteropodidae
Genus: Pteropus
P. griseus
Binomial name
Pteropus griseus
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Gray flying fox range

The gray flying fox (Pteropus griseus) is a species of flying fox in the family Pteropodidae. It is found in Indonesia, but not in the Philippines, despite occasional reference to such.[1] Very little is known about this species. It probably roosts individually or in small groups. It was listed on appendix II of CITES, and is classified as "Data Deficient" by the IUCN.[1] This species has been decimated by hunting for bushmeat in Indonesia.[3]


The species was first described in 1810 by Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, using a specimen obtained on Timor during a French scientific expedition.[2] Geoffroy's assignment of the species to the genus Pteropus has remained current.[4]


Specimens of Pteropus griseus have been found to be infested with Cyclopodia horsfieldi, a species of Nycteribiidae fly.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Francis, C.; Rosell-Ambal, G. & Helgen, K. (2008). "Pteropus griseus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2008.2 (3.1). International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 24 December 2013.
  2. ^ a b Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, Etienne (1810). "Description des roussettes et des céphalotes, deux nouveaux genres de la famille des chauve-souris". Annales du Muséum d'histoire naturelle. 15: 86–108 [94].
  3. ^ Mickleburgh, S., Waylen, K., & Racey, P. (2009). Bats as bushmeat: a global review. Oryx, 43(02), 217-234.
  4. ^ Simmons, N.B. (2005). "Order Chiroptera". In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M (eds.). Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 312–529. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.
  5. ^ Bergman, W. (2001). "Notes on distribution and taxonomy of australasian bats. I. Pteropodinae and Nyctimeninae (Mammalia, Megachiroptera, Pteropodidae)". Beaufortia. 51 (8): 119–152.