Small Samoan flying fox

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Small Samoan flying fox
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Family: Pteropodidae
Genus: Pteropus
P. allenorum
Binomial name
Pteropus allenorum
Helgen, Helgen, & Wilson, 2009

The small Samoan flying fox (Pteropus allenorum) is a species of fruit-eating megabat whose type specimen was originally collected in Samoa in 1856, but was not identified as a new species until 2009. Its wingspan was at least two feet, and it weighed around 8 oz. As the type specimen is dead, and no other examples of the species are known, it is believed to be extinct.[1][2]


  1. ^ A new species found in a jar, The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 11, 2009
  2. ^ Helgen, K. M. (Kristofer M.); Helgen, Lauren E.; Wilson, Don E. (2009). "Pacific flying foxes (Mammalia, Chiroptera) : two new species of Pteropus from Samoa, probably extinct". American Museum Novitates (3646): 1–37.