Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    macrotis
    Genus
    Pteropus
    Order
    Chiroptera
    Subclass
    Eutheria
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia

Habitat

Large-eared Flying-foxes roost in trees, hanging high and low, from branches that are high in the canopy to ones that are partly submerged at high tide.

Distribution

In Australia, Large-eared Flying-foxes are restricted to northern islands off Torres Strait, but they are widespread around coastal New Guinea.



Feeding and diet

Large-eared Flying-foxes feed on a variety of fruits and blossoms, including the flowers of coconut palms.

Conservation status

Large-eared Flying-foxes are vulnerable to loss of feeding areas by clearing of native vegetation.