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  Macroglossus minimus Geoffroy, 1810
  Family Name : Pteropodidae

  Taxonomic Group : Vertebrates (Mammal)

  Common Names : Common Long-tongued Nectar Bat, Long-tongued Fruit-bat

 
Common Long-tongued Nectar Bat,Long-tongued Fruit-bat
  • Description
    • Description :
      A small, delicate-looking creamy-furred bat with a long slender muzzle. Upperparts buffy-brown. Underparts paler and greyer. Wing membranes light brown. Long, narrow muzzle with very small teeth, with needle-like canines. Nostrils rounded and facing forward.
  • Ecology, Habitat & Location
    • Ecological Notes :
      Nocturnal, inhabits lowland forest but mostly in mangroves. It feeds on nectar and pollen. This species serves as a pollinator for mangrove trees such as Sonneratia alba and Sonneratia caseolaris, and it also feeds on the nectar of durian flowers when they are in bloom. Hence the bat is of economic value.
      Habitats :
      Forest, Mangroves
      Distribution :
      In Singapore, known mainly from the mangroves of Pulau Ubin and Pulau Tekong. Also recorded from Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. Widely distributed in Southeast Asia, across to New Guinea, Northern Australia, Solomon Islands
      Nature Reserves :
      Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
      Nature Areas :
      Pulau Tekong, Pulau Ubin
  • Conservation
    • Trends & Threats :
      Habitat loss.
      Conservation Notes :
      Protection of mangroves at various sites on the coast of the mainland and offshore islands is helping to conserve this species.
  • Status
    • Species Status :
      Native
      Conservation Status :
      Rare
      Singapore Red Data Book 2008 status :
      Vulnerable (VU)
  • References
    • Baker, N. & Lim, K. 2008. Wild animals of Singapore. Singapore: Draco Publishing and Distribution Pte Ltd. 180pp 
      Davison, G.W.H., Ng, P.K.L. & Ho, H.C (Eds.). 2008. The Singapore Red Data Book (2nd Edition). Singapore: Nature Society (Singapore). 285pp 
      Francis, C.M. 2008. A field guide to the mammals of South-east Asia. United Kingdom: New Holland Publishers (UK) Ltd. 392pp 

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