Animal Species:Little Red Flying-fox

Little Red Flying-foxes are important pollinators of tree species and fly further into inland Australia than other bat species, following the flowering of eucalypts.

Little Red Flying-fox

GB Baker © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Little Red Flying-fox

Habitat

Little Red Flying-foxes roost on the branches of trees. They roost in groups, called camps, of up to many thousands of bats. They often share camps with other flying fox species.

Feeding and Diet

Little Red Flying-foxes appear to favour the nectar and pollen of eucalypt blossom over other foods that make up their diet, such as other flowers and fruit. Orchards are raided sometimes when other food is limited.

Conservation Status

Little Red Flying-foxes are vulnerable to loss of feeding areas from forestry operations, clearing of native vegetation and land degradation from agriculture.

Classification

Species:
scapulatus
Genus:
Pteropus
Family:
Pteropodidae
Order:
Chiroptera
Subclass:
Eutheria
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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Tags bats, mammals, flying, flight, placentals, eutherians, vertebrates, bats in Australia, identification,

1 comment

Iluvbiscuit - 1.03 PM, 16 March 2010
I saw lots of these bats last night in a big ficus tree and when you shine the torch at them they fly all over the place.

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