Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/53617

Scientific Classification

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

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:5-40 cm
Weight:.02-1.5 kg
Identification:The flying fox has dense fur that can vary in color. It is usually, however, mostly brown. Its face is like that of a fox.
Habitat:Tropical and subtropical regions
Diet:Herbivore: fruit, nectar, flowers, pollen
Reproduction:Most species have a well-defined breeding season. Females give birth to only one young. Captive flying foxes have lived past 20 years of age.
Behavior:Like all bats, flying foxes are nocturnal. They will often fly long distances between their roosting and feeding grounds. They do not actually eat fruit, but rather smash it in their mouth, swallow the juices, and spit out the pulp and seeds.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:There are 42 genera and 173 species of flying fox. The Pteropodidae family contains the largest living bats.

Other Information

Date:1970-10 Subjects:Old world fruit bat (unidentified)
Flying fox (unidentified)
Flying foxes
Pteropodidae
Bats
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata