spotted-winged fruit bat
2008/05/11 10:47:45.630 GMT-4
By Ryan Rubbelke
Species: Balionycteris maculataGeographic Range
Spotted-winged fruit bats are native to Thailand, Malaysia, and Borneo. (Corbert and Hill, 1980)
oriental (native ); oceanic islands (native ).
Other Geographic Terms:
island endemic .
Spotted-winged fruit bats prefer forests, lowlands, or foothills, and are commonly found in and around Eastern Asia. (Anderson and Jones, 1984)
These animals are found in the following types of habitat:
temperate ; tropical ; terrestrial .
9.50 to 14.50 g
(0.33 to 0.51 oz)
50 to 66 mm
(1.97 to 2.6 in)
39 to 44 mm
(1.54 to 1.73 in)
Balionycteris maculata can grow to be about 50 to 66 mm in length, and can weigh up to 14.5 g. They have no external tail, a short nose, and the length of their forearm ranges from 39 to 43 mm. (Nowak, 1999)
These fruit bats have unique dentition, in that they only have one pair of lower incisors.
The color of pelage can range from sooty brown to a grayish tint. Balionycteris maculata has a black head and the wings are marked with yellow spots. A baculum is present in males. (Nowak, 1999)
The only other bat with which this species could be confused is Chironax melanocephalus, or black-capped fruit bats. These two species which share similar external characteristics, although the latter is slightly smaller, differs in dental characters, and lacks spots on the wings. (Nowak, 1999)
Some key physical features:
endothermic ; homoiothermic; bilateral symmetry .
The breeding interval of this species is not known, but is likely to be once or twice per... [continues]
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