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Spectacled Flying Fox

Spectacled Flying Fox
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Copyright: Anne Marie Bokslag (amb1946) Silver Note Writer [C: 4 W: 0 N: 13] (54)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-06-04
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Tamron 18-200mm F3,5-6,3 XR DiII LD Asp
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/80 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-06-10 0:41
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The Spectacled Flying Fox (Pteropus conspicillatus), is a megabat also known as the Spectacled Fruit Bat, lives in Australia's north-eastern west regions of Queensland. It is also found in New Guinea and on the offshore islands including Woodlark Island, Alcester Island, Kiriwina, and Halmahera.

The Spectacled Flying-fox was listed as a threatened species under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act of 1999. They are considered vulnerable due to a significant decline in numbers as a result of loss of their prime feeding habitat and secluded camp sites.

The head and body length is 2225 cm, forearm 1618 cm, weight 4001000 g. A large black flying fox has pale yellow or straw-colored fur around its eyes. The mantle is pale yellow and goes across the back, neck, and shoulders. Some have pale yellow fur on the face and top of the head.

Spectacled Flying-foxes are forest dwellers and rainforests are their preferred habitat. They prefer to roost in the middle and upper canopy strata in the full sun. Colonies of the Spectacled Flying-fox can be found in rain forests, mangroves, and paperbark and eucalypt forests. No colony is known to be located more than 7 km from a rainforest.

The Spectacled Flying-fox's natural diet is rainforest fruits, riparian zone flowers, and flowers from Myrtaceae (primarily Eucalyptus and Syzygium species) and fruits from the Moraceae (figs) and Myrtaceae (primarily Syzygium).

Spectacled Flying-foxes have one pup annually. Females are capable of breeding at one year of age. Males probably do not breed until three to four years of age. They are suspected to be polygamous (similar to the Grey-headed Flying-fox, Pteropus poliocephalus. Female to male ratio may be as high as 2:1. Conception occurs April to May. Sexual activity is continuous from about January to June. Females give birth to one young per year - October to December period. Juveniles are nursed for over five months and, on weaning, congregate in nursery trees in the colony. The juveniles fly out for increasing distances with the colony at night and are 'parked' in nursery trees, often kilometres distant from the colony, and are brought back to the colony in the morning.

The natural lifespan is not known although one captive individual reached 17 years of age. It is assumed most wild flying-foxes live much shorter lives.
(Source: Wikipedia)

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