Greater Short-nosed Fruit Bat

Greater Short-nosed Fruit Bat

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Credit: Merlin D. Tuttle/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY


Caption: This portrait of an adult male Short-nosed Fruit Bat (Cynopterus sphinx) shows its distinctive white-edged ears typical of this genus and the orange collar seen in adult males. Males of this species cut the leaves of fan palms, making them droop to form tents attractive to females. These bats are highly adaptable, living in a wide variety of habitats where they feed on fruit and nectar. They are major pollinators and seed dispersers for many of Southeast Asia's most economically important plants, for example pollinating wild bananas, durian and petai. Hong Kong, China.

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Keywords: adult male, animal, animal portrait, asia fauna, asian bat, bat, bat ear, bat ears, bat eye, bat face, bat nose, china, china wildlife, chinese fauna, chiroptera, cynopterus, cynopterus sphinx, frugivore, frugivorous, greater short-nosed fruit bat, mammal, portait, pteropodidae, vertebrate

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