Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    melanotus
    Genus
    Pteropus
    Family
    Pteropodidae
    Order
    Chiroptera
    Subclass
    Eutheria
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia

Christmas Island Flying-foxes are often seen flying and foraging during the mid-afternoon. They are one of the few species of bats that are active during the day.

Habitat

Christmas Island Flying-foxes roost in rainforest trees in camps of up to several hundred.

Distribution

Christmas Island Flying-foxes eat the fruit and blossom of rainforest trees, including the flowers of coconut palms.

Conservation status

Christmas Island Flying-foxes are vulnerable to loss of feeding and roosting habitat.