Australian Museum Journal Revision of the genus Melonycteris (Pteropodidae: Mammalia)

Shortform:
Flannery, 1993, Rec. Aust. Mus. 45(1): 59–80
Author(s):
Flannery, Tim F.
Year published:
1993
Title:
Revision of the genus Melonycteris (Pteropodidae: Mammalia)
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
45
Issue:
1
Start page:
59
End page:
80
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.45.1993.130
Language:
English
Date published:
19 March 1993
Cover date:
19 March 1993
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
MAMMALIA: CHIROPTERA; TAXONOMY; NEW GUINEA
Digitized:
05 February 2009
Reference number:
130
EndNote package:
EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (99kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (4255kb PDF)

Abstract

The genus Melonycteris consists of three species: M. melanops Dobson, 1877, M. woodfordi (Thomas, 1887), and M. fardoulisi n.sp. Melonycteris melanops is monotypic and widespread in the Bismarck Archipelago. It is orange in colour, and is unique in the genus in retaining a claw on digit two of the wing and in having P1 and M3 reduced. Melonycteris woodfordi is an orange-coloured species also, which is found in the northern and eastern Solomon Islands, and consists of two subspecies (the smaller M. w. woodfordi, found on the islands from Buka to Ysabel, and the larger M. w. aurantius on the Nggela Group). Melonycteris w. aurantius is unique in the genus in that females are usually larger than males, while in M. w. woodfordi the sexes are similar in size. Melonycteris fardoulisi n.sp. Is a predominantly brownish species in which the sexes differ in colour and where males are markedly larger than females. It is distributed in the western and southern islands of the main Solomons chain, and includes four subspecies (M. f. fardoulisi n.subsp. From Makira, M. f. maccoyi n.subsp. From Malaita, M. f. schouteni n.subsp. From Guadalcanal and M. f. mengermani n.subsp. From Western Province). The subspecies differ in size, colour and degree of sexual dimorphism.

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