Order : CHIROPTERA
Family : Pteropodidae
Species : Cynopterus brachyotis
Forearm Length : up to 7.0 cm
Weight : up to 42 grams
Also called the
Short-nosed or Common Fruit Bat, this species is common to abundant
throughout most of its range. It occurs in a range of habitats from lowland
primary and secondary forests to mangroves, cultivated areas, and parks and
By day it roosts under
shaded trees, sometimes underneath the protective cover of epiphytic ferns,
or near the entrance of caves. It can be identified by the pale edges of the
ears and the whitish wing bones. It feeds on small fruits, figs and nectar.
The species ranges from
Sri Lanka, through Burma, Thailand and Indochina to Malaysia, Singapore,
Philippines and Indonesia.
Fig 1 : Three bats sheltering beneath the crown
of a Leaf Litter Plant Agrostistachys longifolia, Singapore.
Fig 2 : An adult male with his harem of females in the shelter of a
Bird's Nest Fern Asplenium nidus, Singapore.
Fig 3 : Juvenile feeding on a forest fruit at Danum Valley, Sabah,
Fig 4 : Feeding on an Indian Cherry Tree at Sungei Buloh, Singapore.
References : M1, M2