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Pteralopex atrata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Family: Pteropodidae
Genus: Pteralopex
Thomas, 1888

Pteralopex is a genus of large megabats in the family Pteropodidae. They are restricted to Solomon Islands rain forests in Melanesia, and all species are seriously threatened, being rated as either endangered or critically endangered by IUCN.[2] Two species, P. taki and P. flanneryi, have been described since 2000.


The Fijian monkey-faced bat, formerly placed in this genus, has recently been transferred to the monotypic Mirimiri.[3]


  1. ^ Groves, C.P. (2005). Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M., eds. Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 0-801-88221-4. OCLC 62265494. 
  2. ^ IUCN (2008). 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Accessed 2008-12-17.
  3. ^ a b Helgen, K. M. (2005). Systematics of the Pacific monkey-faced bats (Chiroptera : Pteropodidae), with a new species of Pteraloplex and a new Fijian genus. Systematics and Biodiversity, 3(4):433-453.
  4. ^ Parnaby, H. E. (2002). A taxonomic review of the genus Pteralopex (Chiroptera: Pteropodidae), the Monkey-faced Bats of the South-western Pacific. Australian Mammalogy. 23: 145-162.