Animal Info - Mortlock Islands Flying Fox
(Other Names: 金狐蝠,
Mortlock Flying Fox, Roussette de l'Īle
3. Status and Trends (IUCN Status, Countries Where
Currently Found, Population Estimates, History of Distribution, Threats and Reasons
4. Data on Biology and Ecology (Habitat, Gestation
Period, Early Development, Behavior)
Very little information has been published about the Mortlock Islands flying fox.
*** Flying foxes are so-called because of their fox-like faces. They cannot use echolocation. Instead, they navigate using vision
and normal hearing.
*** Most flying foxes eat fruit and are also called fruit bats. Fruit bats are
ecologically and economically important because they pollinate and disperse the seeds of
wild and commercial plants.
Status and Trends
Countries Where the Mortlock Islands Flying Fox Is Currently Found:
2004: Occurs in the Federated States of Micronesia.
[Note: Figures given are for wild populations only.]
History of Distribution:
The Mortlock Islands flying fox occurs on the Mortlock Islands in Chuuk (Truk) in the Federated States of Micronesia.
Threats and Reasons for Decline:
Commercial hunting and typhoons are the major threats.
Data on Biology and Ecology
The Mortlock Islands flying fox is one of the species that live in the Polynesia
and Micronesia Biodiversity
The gestation period of flying foxes is 4 - 5 months (Bonaccorso 1998).
The young of flying foxes become independent at 3 - 6 months (Bonaccorso 1998).
Flying foxes roost in tree tops and often actively remove foliage from
roost trees (Bonaccorso 1998).
Cons. Intl. 2005, IUCN 1994, IUCN
1996, IUCN 2000, IUCN
2004, Mickleburgh 1992
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