Rodrigues Fruit Bat, Pteropus rodricensis
October 2010

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TAXONOMY & NOMENCLATURE
(ITIS 2010 ) (Baker et al 1991) (Hill & Smith 1988) (Kirsch et al 1995) (Nikaido et al 2000) (Pettigrew 1995, Pettigrew et al 1989) (Simmons & Conway 1997) (Simmons et al 2008) (Thewissen & Babcock 1991)

Describer (Date): Dobson 1868

Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Chordata
        Class: Mammalia
             Order: Chiroptera
                Suborder: Megachiroptera ("megabats")
                    Family: Pteropodidae (42 genera of flying foxes, the Old World fruit bats)
                       Subfamily: Pteropodinae
                           Genus: Pteropus (58 species, most are island endemics) (ITIS 2010)
                                  Species: Pteropus rodricensis
                                       

Taxonomic History and Nomenclature Phylogeny

DISTRIBUTION & HABITAT
(AZA 2000) (Carroll 1981) (Cheke & Dahl 1981) (IUCN 2008) (McNab & Armstrong 2001) (UN Rep 1988) (West & Redshaw 1987) (Wilson & Graham 1992)

Distribution Habitat:

 



PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS
(Altringham 1996) (Hill & Smith 1988) (McNab & Armstrong 2001) (Vaughn et al 2010) (West & Redshaw 1987) (AZA 2000)

Body Weight: 254-300 g (0.6- 0.7 lb)
Body Length: 35 cm ( in)
Wingspan Length: 75-90 cm
Tail Length: No tail

General Pelage Sexual Dimorphism Other Physical Characteristics

BEHAVIOR & ECOLOGY
(AZA 2000 ) (Carroll 1979, 1981) (Cox et al 1991) (Cox & Elmqvist 1992) (Crichton & Krutzsch 2000) (Kulzer 1990) (Nowak 1999)


Activity Cycle Territory Size Social Groups

      General       Hierarchy       Territorial Behavior       Aggression Play (Carroll 1979) Communication

      Displays       Vocalization       Olfaction/Scent Marking
Locomotion (Carroll 1979) Interspecies Interaction

DIET & FEEDING
(Carroll 1981) (Cheke & Dahl 1981) (Dempsey 2004) (Nelson et al 2005) (Nowak 1999) (Pope 1998)


REPRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
(Altringham 1996) (Braden 2000) (Crichton & Krutzsch 2000) (Hayes et al 1996) (Pook 1977) (West 1986) (West & Redshaw 1987)

Courtship Reproduction Gestation Life Stages (West & Redshaw 1987) (Kunz & Allgaier 1994)
      Birth      Infant (< 1 year old)              Juvenile       Adult Longevity Mortality

MANAGED CARE
(AZA 2000) (ISIS 2010) (O'Brien et al 2007)


POPULATION AND CONSERVATION STATUS
(Cheke and Dahl 1981) (Carroll 1984) (Mickleburgh et al 2008) (Powell & Wehnelt 2003) (Trewhella et al 2005) (Wing 2001)

Population Status
Conservation (American Zoo and Aquarium Assoc. 2000) (ISIS 2005) (Mickleburgh et al 2008) (O'Brien 2007) (Pierson & Rainey 1992) (Thatcher 2010) (Trewhella et al 2005) Threats to survival
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