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Pteropus scapulatus

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA CHIROPTERA PTEROPODIDAE

Scientific Name: Pteropus scapulatus
Species Authority: Peters, 1862
Common Name(s):
English Little Red Flying Fox
Spanish Zorro Volador De Queensland

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Hall, L. & McKenzie, N.
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 in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a broad range of habitats, large population, and because it is not believed to be declining.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is widespread in western, eastern, and northern Australia (including Boigu and Thursday Islands in the Torres Strait), and is also known from a single collection of four skulls from Western Province, Papua New Guinea (Bonaccorso 1998; Helgen 2004; Birt et al. 2008). Vagrants occur to the south of the main range, including to Kangaroo Island. It ranges from sea level to 300 m asl.
Countries:
Native:
Australia; Papua New Guinea
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Population [top]

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

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is found in sclerophyll woodland, paperbark, bamboo, mangroves, and occasionally in orchards. Also found in ornamental trees (M. Pennay pers. comm.). Roosting sites can contain over a million individuals (Birt et al. 2008). It is a very nomadic species (Birt et al. 2008). Females give birth to a single young (Bonaccorso 1998).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to this species. It is locally threatened in parts of its range by clearance of suitable forest habitat. The species occasionally damages fruit crops, although it is not a serious pest (Birt et al. 2008).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is listed on Appendix II of CITES. It is present in some protected areas.

Citation: Hall, L. & McKenzie, N. 2008. Pteropus scapulatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 28 July 2014.
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