Sulawesi rousette

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Sulawesi rousette
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Family: Pteropodidae
Genus: Rousettus
Species: R. celebensis
Binomial name
Rousettus celebensis
K. Andersen, 1907
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Sulawesi rousette range

The Sulawesi rousette (Rousettus celebensis) is a species of megabat in the Pteropodidae family endemic to Sulawesi, an island in Indonesia.


Rousettus celebensis is a fruit-eating bat; it has big wings which allow it to carry heavy loads and also make it a good seed disperser. Its diet consists of large seeds, an uncommon feature, compared to other frugivorous bats. R. celebensis has a unique digestive system which allows it to digest certain seeds or seed coats or both.[1]


The tibia of R. celebensis is covered in dense fur. Its antitragal lobe is fairly reduced. The bony arch of its cheek is narrow and triangular in shape. The male's distal end of the penis has a flattened and triangular shape.[2]


  1. ^ Kevan, P.G.; Gaskell, B.H. (March 1986). "The Awkward Seeds of Gonystylus macrophyllus (Thymelaeaceae) and Their Disperal by the Bat Rousettus celebensis in Sulawesi, Indonesia". Biotropica 18 (1): 76–78. Retrieved 30 April 2015. 
  2. ^ Maryanto, Ibnu; Yani, Mohamad (December 2003). "A new species of Rousettus (Chiroptera: Pteropodidae) from Lore Lindu, Central Sulawesi". Mammal Study 28 (2): 111–120. doi:10.3106/mammalstudy.28.111.