Lesser Angolan epauletted fruit bat

Lesser Angolan epauletted fruit bat

Lesser Angolan epauletted fruit bat

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Epomophorus grandis

The lesser Angolan epauletted fruit bat (Epomophorus grandis ) is a species of megabat in the family Pteropodidae. It is found in Angola and Republic of the Congo. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forest, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest, dry savanna, and moist savanna. It is threatened by habitat loss.

Appearance

Based on three individuals, it has a forearm length of 62–66 mm (2.4–2.6 in). It has a dental formula of 2.1.2.12.1.3.2 for a total of 28 teeth. The fur of its back is a pale, reddish-brown, while the fur of its belly is pale or whitish brown. Its ears are brown, short, and somewhat pointed at the tips.

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It is native to Africa where it has been documented in two countries: Angola and the Republic of the Congo. As of 2016, it had only been documented in the type locality of Dundo, Angola in addition to Pointe-Noire, Congo. Its habitat is likely savanna, though may also include tropical forest.

Lesser Angolan epauletted fruit bat habitat map
Lesser Angolan epauletted fruit bat habitat map
Lesser Angolan epauletted fruit bat

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Conservation

As of 2016, it is evaluated as a data deficient species by the IUCN. It meets the criteria for this classification because there is little up-to-date information on its geographic range, ecological needs, and threats that it may be facing.

References

1. Lesser Angolan epauletted fruit bat Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lesser_Angolan_epauletted_fruit_bat
2. Lesser Angolan epauletted fruit bat on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/7902/22122832

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