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Greater musky fruit bat (juvenile)

Ptenochirus jagori

Description:

Spotted flying out of the entrance of un-named cave in Brgy. Amalbalan, Dasol, Pangasinan.

Habitat:

Total length 120-145 mm; tail 6-18 mm; ear 18-25 mm; forearm 76-91 mm; weight 62-97 g. A fairly large fruit bat with a broad, dark head and stout muzzle. Four upper and two lower incisors. Adults with a shoulder ruff of fur, usually with a gland beneath the ruff that produces a yellow oily material, which stains the ruff. A distinctive odor of “sweet musty cinnamon” is usually present, especially on males. Males slightly larger and darker than females. - fieldmuseum.org

Notes:

ID to genus by Rai Gomez (Philippine Bat Champions). Species confirmed by Balete Ds (Philippine Bat Champions). Photo by Jerry Rendon. In the central Philippine P. jagori probably has two synchronized birth periods each year that are separated by four months and vary in timing from island to island. Gestation lasts about four months and lactation about three months. There usually is a single young, occasionally twins… On Mount Makiling, Luzon, Ingle (1992) found the birth periods to be April-May and September. -Walker’s Mammals of the World, Vol. 1 by Ronald M. Nowak, p. 288.

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Ptenochirus jagori Synopsis of Philippine Mammals


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7 Comments

ScottHarte
ScottHarte 10 years ago

Awesome species, thanks for sharing

In the central Philippine P. jagori probably has two synchronized birth periods each year that are separated by four months and vary in timing from island to island. Gestation lasts about four months and lactation about three months. There usually is a single young, occasionally twins… On Mount Makiling, Luzon, Ingle (1992) found the birth periods to be April-May and September. -Walker’s Mammals of the World, Vol. 1 by Ronald M. Nowak, p. 288.

Species confirmed by Balete Ds (Philippine Bat Champions) and added it is a juvenile. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=...

ID to Ptenochirus sp. suggested by Rai Gomez (Philippine Bat Champions).

Yep! ... released harmless after a few shots (of the camera)

Maria dB
Maria dB 10 years ago

Interesting face. You let it go again?

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 10 years ago

Those eyes are priceless!

Dagupan, Pangasinan, Philippines

Spotted on Jun 6, 2010
Submitted on Mar 10, 2012

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