Pteropus seychellensis

Pteropus seychellensis, Photo: Michael Lahanas

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Mammalia
Subclassis: Theria
Infraclassis: Eutheria
Ordo: Chiroptera
Subordo: Megachiroptera
Familia: Pteropodidae
Subfamilia: Pteropodinae
Tribus: Pteropodini
Subtribus: Pteropodina
Genus: Pteropus
Species: Pteropus seychellensis
Subspecies: P. s. comorensis - P. s. seychellensis

Name

Pteropus seychellensis Milne-Edwards, 1877

Type locality: Seychelle Islands, Mahe Island.

References

* Milne-Edwards. 1877. Bulletin Sci. Soc. Philom. Paris, ser. 7, 2: 221.
* Conservation status: IUCN Red List

Distribution

* Seychelle Islands
* Comoros Islands
* Mafia Island (off Tanzania)

Vernacular names
English: Seychelles Flying Fox.

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The Seychelles fruit bat or Seychelles flying fox, Pteropus seychellensis, is found on the granitic islands of Seychelles. It is a significant component of the ecosystems for the islands, dispersing the seeds of many tree species. Although it is hunted for meat on some islands they remain abundant. It is particularly common on Silhouette Island.

References

1. ^ S. Mickleburgh, A. M. Hutson, W. Bergmans, K. Howell & J. Gerlach (2008) Pteropus seychellensis In: IUCN 2009. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2009.2. www.iucnredlist.org Retrieved on February 9, 2010.

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