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Lesser Short-nosed Fruit Bat

Cynopterus pteropodidae


Body length is about 3.5 inches with a wingspan of about 9 to 12 inches. It is a small fruit bat and is common to the South East Asian region. Its colors is grayish black to brown and whitish wing ribs. Though bats are known to be nocturnal, this one is eating a wild fruit at mid afternoon.


It inhabits in a wide range of habitats such as highland and lowland forest and populated areas. It is seen hung under canopies of trees , under tall palm leaves and some of it even lives under undisturbed roof overhangs.


It took almost a week of monitoring this Bat when my father finally captured it on video eating a wild guava fruit. This solitary Bat maintains a territorial area of about 300 meters radius according to my father. The bat doesn't mind him so he was able to get a closer view because the bat might already been used with his presence in the area. The guava is about 3 inches in diameter, it is actually a hybrid fruit ,this might came from a backyard tree eaten by some birds or even bats and the seed might have been dispersed here in the wild.

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Just updated it to share the same Bat eating a guava captured by my father on video.

Thanks kuya Noel. After several days of monitoring its territory, my father finally found this same Bat eating a wild guava. This loner bat inhabits a territorial area of about 300 meters radius. Its past 9 o'clock am when my father captured her in video.

Noel Buensuceso
Noel Buensuceso 9 years ago

Great spot!

Thanks Nuwan and Ate Agnes. As I observed, it is eating on mid afternoon so I watched closely and I discovered she has swelling nipples and enlarged mammary breasts, maybe she's pregnant and tries to store as much energy as possible before giving birth.

Thanks RolandEGauthier, we're just neighbors but I think Borneo has a more exiting flora and fauna. I'm obsessed to see and hold some anacondas .lol.

Wonderful photo Shekai!

RolandEGauthier 9 years ago

Nice Photo, we have them here in Borneo called flying fox...i love them so much.

Roxas City, Philippines

Spotted on Nov 15, 2012
Submitted on Nov 21, 2012

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