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Tuesday Tetrapod: Acerodon jubatus

Posted by tigerhawkvok on January 12, 2010 19:33 in tuesday tetrapod

Bringing the TT's up to date, for the second Tuesday Tetrapod we look at the largest group of mammals on the planet, as represented by Acerodon jubatus, or the Giant Golden-crowned Flying-fox.

A. jubatus

A. jubatus. Image from the Wikimedia commons.

They are part of the only (probably highly paraphyletic) family pteropodidae in so-called "megachiroptera". The common name of the animal is obvious, coming from the long snout and pointed ears highly reminiscent of the red fox. Their diet is primarily composed of figs and other fruits, and act as an important pollinator in the Phillipines.

A. jubatus is the largest known bat, with an average wingspan of 1.5 m and weighing up to 1.2 kg. They are rated by the IUCN as endangered, with a 50% population decline in the past 30 years. The total population is estimated at 10,000 individuals, with the primary threat coming from a 90% reduction of the Phillipine old-growth forest.

As an interesting note, the image from the Wikimedia commons is the only free image available for this species.

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