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Grey headed flying fox

Pteropus poliocephalus


A large flying mammal occurring in large flocks(?) around inner Melbourne. Although considered by some to be threatened, they survive well in suburbs of large cities where fruit trees are common. This colony has 50 000 individuals and perching by day on the same old growth Eucalypts, their claws can do serious damage to trees.

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MartinL 8 years ago

Thanks Shanna Many farmers and particularly orchardists have problems with these clever creatures. They used to threaten old growth trees in the Botanical Gardens but have been pushed up river to Yarra Bend. Now they 'nudge' them, keeping the colony tight and preventing them from spreading.

ShannaB 8 years ago

Lovely pics, Martin. These guys are getting such bad PR lately.

MartinL 8 years ago

Thank you Gerardo and thank you EnvUnlimited.

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Wow fantastic great series :)

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Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Apr 19, 2013
Submitted on Apr 19, 2013

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