Ashy-headed flying fox
|Ashy-headed flying fox|
|Ashy-headed flying fox range|
Taxonomy and etymology
It was described as a new species in 1870 by British zoologist John Edward Gray. The holotype had been collected on the Bacan Islands by Alfred Russel Wallace. Its species name "caniceps" means "gray-headed" from Latin canus (gray) and -ceps (headed). This species has two subspecies:
Its forearm is 139–141 mm (5.5–5.6 in) long.
Range and habitat
As of 2016, it is assessed as a vulnerable species by the IUCN. It meets the criteria for this assessment because its population decline has been at least 30% from 1992–2016. Additionally, it is experiencing habitat fragmentation, and it is losing habitat due to logging and mining activities.
- Tsang, S.M. (2016). "Pteropus caniceps". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T18719A22079034.
- Gray, J. E. (1870). Catalogue of monkeys, lemurs, and fruit-eating bats in the collection of the British Museum. Order of the Trustees. p. 107.
- "North Moluccan Flying Fox". BioLib.cz. Retrieved January 12, 2013.
- Flannery, T. F. (1995). Mammals of the south-west Pacific & Moluccan Islands. Cornell University Press. p. 184. ISBN 0801431506.