Woodford's fruit bat

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Woodford's fruit bat
Melonycteris woodfordi.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Family: Pteropodidae
Genus: Melonycteris
Species: M. woodfordi
Binomial name
Melonycteris woodfordi
(Thomas, 1887)
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Woodford's fruit bat range

Woodford's fruit bat (Melonycteris woodfordi), also known as the orange fruit bat, is a species of megabat in the family Pteropodidae. It is endemic to the Solomon Islands.

"Taxonomic Notes: The species Melonycteris aurantius was synonymized with this species."[1]

"This species is present in Solomon Island chain (Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands). The subspecies Melonycteris woodfordi woodfordi is found on the islands of Bougainville and Buka of Papua New Guinea, and the islands of Oblari, Alu, Choisel, Fauro, Mono, and Santa Ysabel in the Solomon Islands. The subspecies M. w. aurantius is found on Nggela and Florida Islands in the Solomon Islands (Bonaccorso 1998; Flannery 1995). The species occurs from sea level to 1,100 m asl."[2]