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April 3, 2011

Flying Fox

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Bats of the genus Pteropus are the largest bats in the world. On average, P. vampyrus is the largest species, with a wingspan of up to 6 feet (1.83 meters). They are commonly known Flying Foxes. They live in the tropics and subtropics of Asia, Australia, Indonesia, islands off East Africa, and a number of remote oceanic islands in both the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

Characteristically, all species of flying foxes only feed on nectar, blossom, pollen, and fruit, which explains their limited tropical distribution. They do not possess echolocation, a feature which helps the other sub-order of bats, the Microbats, locate and catch prey such as insects in mid-air. Instead, smell and eyesight are very well-developed in flying foxes.

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