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Text and photos by Nick Baker, unless otherwise credited.
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Lesser Dog-faced Fruit Bat
   
   

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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 gardens.

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.


Figs 1 and 2 : These bats were attracted to ripe fruits of the Chiku or Sapodilla tree (Manilkara zapota) in Singapore.

Fig 3 : Adult male with harem of 8 females beneath the leaf of a palm tree: the veins of the leaf have been chewed to make it collapse and form a tent. The female at lower right is nursing a pup.

Fig 4 : Adult male with his harem of 20 females in the shelter of a Bird's Nest Fern Asplenium nidus, Singapore.

Fig 5 : A mother shields her fully-grown pup.


References : M1, M2