Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Chiroptera Pteropodidae

Scientific Name: Pteropus pohlei
Species Authority: Stein, 1933
Common Name(s):
English Geelvink Bay Flying Fox, Yapen Flying Fox, Geelvink Bay Fruit Bat
Spanish Zorro Volador De Las Isla Japen
Taxonomic Notes: Populations from Biak-Supiori and Waigeo that are usually ascribed to this species together represent a related, undescribed species. Pteropus pohlei apparently does not occur on the New Guinea mainland. (K. Helgen pers. comm.).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(v) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Helgen, K. & Bonaccorso, F.
Reviewer(s): Lamoreux, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team), Racey, P.A., Medellín, R. & Hutson, A.M. (Chiroptera Red List Authority)
Listed as Endangered because although there is no clear data on declines at present and threats are not well understood, its extent of occurrence is less than 5,000 km2, all individuals are in fewer than six locations, and there are suspected to be declines in the number of mature individuals due to hunting (and possibly from a continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat).
Previously published Red List assessments:
1996 Vulnerable (VU)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is restricted to west Papuan islands of Numfoor, Rani, and Yapen (all to Indonesia).
Countries occurrence:
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Population [top]

Population: It is moderately common.
Current Population Trend: Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The species occurs in both primary tropical forest and disturbed forest. It has been recorded from beaches and offshore islands. Flannery (1995) mentions the capture of an individual in a rural garden. This is a foliage rooster, likely in groups and sometimes on offshore islands (K. Helgen pers. comm.).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is threatened by hunting for food, and general forest clearance for timber.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is listed on Appendix II of CITES. It has been recorded from some reserves, however, these are not considered to be well protected.

Citation: Helgen, K. & Bonaccorso, F. 2008. Pteropus pohlei. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T18750A8552365. . Downloaded on 06 October 2015.
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