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Pteropus faunulus Miller, 1902
Nicobar Flying Fox
No subspecies, known only by nominate form.
Endemic to Andaman & Nicobar Islands
India - Nicobar Islands
The smallest of the flying fox species on the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, with 'triangular-pointed' narrowly-rounded tipped ears. The forearm length averages 113.0 mm (110-116 mm). Wings are large, membranes dark brown in color, the first digit possessing a large claw. There is no external tail, the interfemoral membrane very little developed. Muzzle is long and hairy, the nostrils well developed. Ears with small but distinct antitragal lobe. Pelage moderately long over the head and crown, grey brown speckled with white on the crown and russet brown on the mantle, dark brownish black, intermixed with some white hairs, on the shoulders and back, and paler on the rump. Ventral aspect uniform grey-chestnut brown with some pale hair tips. Younger individuals paler than adults.
Colonial species, lives in large diurnal roosts which may comprise hundreds of individuals in large trees in mangrove and thick forests. Not much is known about this species.
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