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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Chiroptera
Family:Pteropodidae
Genus:Pteropus
Genus species:Pteropus rufus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:170-406 mm
Identification:The Madagascar fruit bat is a grayish brown or black color with yellowish-gray fur between its shoulders.
Habitat:Forests, swamps
Diet:Herbivore: fruit juices
Reproduction:Young bats are born in late spring or early summer. Mating takes place soon afterwards and the sexes are segregated to separate roosting areas.
Madagascar fruit bats roost in large colonies that can exceed 100 individuals.
Behavior:Madagascar fruit bats are nocturnal, spending the day hanging in trees.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Species of the Pteropus genus are often called flying foxes because of their dog-like faces.

Other Information

Geographic:Madagascar Date:1981-10 Subjects:Madagascar fruit bat
Flying foxes
Pteropodidae
Bats
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata