Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Giant golden-crowned flying fox, Acerodon jubatus

The Giant golden-crowned flying fox (Acerodon jubatus) is the largest known bat. Can reach up to 1.70 meters wingspan, slightly less than the Pteropus vampyrus and weighs 1.5 kg.
This curious animal is endemic to the Philippines, and is in danger of extinction as they hunt for years to eat its flesh. Another element is the deforestation of their habitat.

It is a nocturnal mammal and their diet is not the blood of their victims, but fruit, flowers, nectar ... Helps disperse the seeds when defecating and can live to 15 years.

Unlike other bats, flying foxes and echolocating filipino are not large eyes which allow them to see in the dark of the Philippine jungle.