Great flying fox

Great flying fox
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Illustration of great flying fox
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Family: Pteropodidae
Genus: Pteropus
P. neohibernicus
Binomial name
Pteropus neohibernicus
Peters, 1876
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Great flying fox range

The great flying fox (Pteropus neohibernicus), also known as the greater flying fox or Bismarck flying fox, is a species of megabat in the genus Pteropus, found throughout lowland areas of New Guinea and in the Bismarck Archipelago.[2] At up to 1.45 kg (3.2 lb) in weight, it is among the largest bats in the world.[2] It is a gregarious animal which roosts with hundreds or thousands of individuals.[1]

It is hunted for human consumption in New Guinea.[3]


  1. ^ a b Salas, L.; Helgen, K. & Hamilton, S. (2008). "Pteropus neohibernicus". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2008: e.T18742A8531092. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T18742A8531092.en. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b Flannery, T. (1995). Mammals of New Guinea. Pp. 376-377. ISBN 0-7301-0411-7
  3. ^ Margaretha Pangau-Adam & Richard Noske & Michael Muehlenberg. Wildmeat or Bushmeat? Subsistence Hunting and Commercial Harvesting in Papua (West New Guinea), Indonesia. Hum Ecol (2012) 40:611–621.doi:10.1007/s10745-012-9492-5