Location: Papua New Guinea, Australia
The Spectacled Flying Fox Pteropus conspicillatus, also known as the spectacled fruit bat, is a megabat that lives in Australia’s north-eastern regions of Queensland. They are also found in Papua New Guinea and on the offshore islands including Woodlark Island, Alcester Island, Kiriwina, and Halmahera.
It has also been reported that spectacled flying foxes skim over the surface of water to drink and are sometimes eaten by crocodiles. The species was classified as endangered by the IUCN in 2020.
Spectacled Flying Foxes are a species of megabat #endangered in #PapuaNewGuinea and #FarNorthQueensland Australia. The Australian #bushfires decimated their numbers. They face serious threats from #palmoil #deforestation in PNG. You can #Boycott4WildlifeTweet
In February 2019 the Australian government upgraded the threatened status from vulnerable to endangered, after almost a third of the bat population died in a severe heatwave in Queensland in late 2018.
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Roberts, B., Eby, P. & Westcott, D. 2020. Pteropus conspicillatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2020: e.T18721A22080456. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2020-3.RLTS.T18721A22080456.en. Downloaded on 31 January 2021.
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