Animal Species:Northern Blossom Bat

Northern Blossom Bats are important pollinators of many native Australian plants. In northeastern Queensland they also appear to pollinate commercially grown durian tees.

 

Northern Blossom Bat

R & A Williams © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Northern Blossom Bat

Habitat

Northern Blossom Bats hang in palms, bamboos, mangroves, and trees in monsoon forests and rainforests. They roost alone or in small groups under loose bark, within hollows or among leafy crowns and leaf bases.

Feeding and Diet

Northern Blossom Bats feed mainly on nectar and pollen from the flowers of eucalypts, paperbarks, bottlebrushes, lilli pillies and mangrove trees. In northeastern Queensland they also eat fruit and possibly leaves.

Conservation Status

Northern Blossom Bats are vulnerable to loss of feeding areas from clearing of native vegetation and land degradation from agriculture.

Classification

Species:
minimus
Genus:
Macroglossus
Family:
Pteropodidae
Order:
Chiroptera
Subclass:
Eutheria
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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