Pteropus conspicillatus Click to enlarge image
Spectacled Flying fox,hanging from a Branch Image: G B Baker
© Australian Museum

Fast Facts

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

Introduction

Spectacled Flying-foxes will skim over the surface of water to drink and are sometimes eaten by crocodiles.

Habitat

Spectacled Flying-foxes roost high on the branches of trees. They roost together in groups often made up of tens of thousands of bats, called camps. Camps are often found in patches of rainforest and swamps as well as mangroves.


Pteropus conspicillatus
GAH-36415.tif Image: G A Hoye
© Australian Museum

Feeding and diet

Spectacled Flying-foxes appear to favour nectar and pollen of eucalypt blossoms. They also feed on other blossoms as well as native and introduced fruits.

Conservation status

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