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Pteropus tuberculatus

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA CHIROPTERA PTEROPODIDAE

Scientific Name: Pteropus tuberculatus
Species Authority: Peters, 1869
Common Name/s:
English Vanikoro Flying Fox
Spanish Zorro Volador De La Isla Jawi

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered D ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor/s: Leary, T., Hamilton, S. & James, R.
Reviewer/s: Lamoreux, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team), Racey, P.A., Medellín, R. & Hutson, A.M. (Chiroptera Red List Authority)
Justification:
Listed as Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct) because any remaining population is likely to be tiny. The species has not been located since it was last collected, which was likely before 1930. Vanikolo was extensively logged in the 1950s and 1960s; there is some regeneration now, but logging has once again been proposed. Surveys in the early 1990s did not detect this species and it might possibly be extinct. If it does survive, its range is likely very small as the size of the island is only 189 km2, and it is probably subject to hunting pressures as well. Further surveys are urgently needed to confirm the existence of this species.
History:
1996 Vulnerable

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known only from the island of Vanikolo in the southern Solomon Islands. The island is 189 km2.
Countries:
Possibly extinct:
Solomon Islands
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Population [top]

Population: It is known from few specimens; all probably collected before 1930. Surveys in the early 1990s did not detect this species.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Nothing is known about the ecology of this species. Other Pteropus species bear a single young, and have a lifespan that is approximately 8 or 9 years.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This island was extensively logged in the 1950s and 1960s; there is some regeneration now, and logging has once again been proposed. Opportunistic hunting may be a threat to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is listed on Appendix II of CITES. It is not known if this species is present in any protected areas. Further surveys urgently needed to confirm the presence of this species.
Citation: Leary, T., Hamilton, S. & James, R. 2008. Pteropus tuberculatus. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 16 April 2014.
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