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Spectacled Flying Fox (Pteropus conspicillatus)

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Spectacled Flying Fox (Pteropus conspicillatus)

14 September 2019, Madang, Papua New Guinea.

These large fruit bats are found in tropical Australia and New Guinea. Like other flying foxes in the genus Pteropus, they have dog-like faces and form large roosting colonies where they hang from large trees during the day. Unlike most bats, they do not echolocate. This species can be easily identified by its distinctive straw-colored fur shawl around its eyes, shoulders and head. In February 2019 the Australian government upgraded its conservation status from vulnerable to endangered, after almost a third of the bat population died in a severe heatwave in Queensland in late 2018. Canon PowerShot SX60.
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