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Melonycteris woodfordi

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA CHIROPTERA PTEROPODIDAE

Scientific Name: Melonycteris woodfordi
Species Authority: Thomas, 1887
Common Name(s):
English Woodford's Blossom Bat, Woodford's Fruit Bat
Synonym(s):
Melonycteris aurantius Phillips, 1966
Taxonomic Notes: The species Melonycteris aurantius was synonymized with this species.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Bonaccorso, F., Helgen, K. & Hamilton, S.
Reviewer(s): Lamoreux, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team), Racey, P.A., Medellín, R. & Hutson, A.M. (Chiroptera Red List Authority)
Justification:
Listed as Least Concern because, although its extent of occurrence is probably less than 20,000 km2, its population numbers are thought to be large, it is tolerant of degraded habitats, and it is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is present in Solomon Island chain (Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands). The subspecies Melonycteris woodfordi woodfordi is found on the islands of Bougainville and Buka of Papua New Guinea, and the islands of Oblari, Alu, Choisel, Fauro, Mono, and Santa Ysabel in the Solomon Islands. The subspecies M. w. aurantius is found on Nggela and Florida Islands in the Solomon Islands (Bonaccorso 1998; Flannery 1995). The species occurs from sea level to 1,100 m asl.
Countries:
Native:
Papua New Guinea; Solomon Islands
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Population [top]

Population: It is a common species.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is known from primary tropical forest, but is also commonly found in disturbed habitats including secondary forest, rural gardens, and coconut plantations (Bonaccorso 1998; Flannery 1995). It roosts in foliage in small groups or individually and likely forages over a relatively small home range (S. Hamilton pers. comm.).
Systems: Terrestrial

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: Use information is based on the following statement in Bonaccorso (1998):
"Although it is difficult to hunt, animals are sought on Buka Island for their canines, which are used in "bride price" necklaces (S. Hamilton, pers. comm.) that may sell for up to 300 kina."

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There appear to be no major threats, although habitat loss due to deforestation may adversely affect the species. Because this species does not require caves and does not roost in large colonies, it is immune to many of the threats faced by cave roosting bats of the region (S. Hamilton pers. comm.).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The population numbers of this species should be assessed.

Citation: Bonaccorso, F., Helgen, K. & Hamilton, S. 2008. Melonycteris woodfordi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 25 July 2014.
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