Mindoro stripe-faced fruit bat

Mindoro stripe-faced fruit bat

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Styloctenium mindorensis

The Mindoro stripe-faced fruit bat, nicknamed the "flying fox" for its foxlike face, is a species of large Philippine megabat. It is endemic to the island of Mindoro. The Mindoro stripe-faced fruit bat ranked sixth in the top ten species of 2008, selected by the International Institute for Species Exploration. Aboriginal rock art dating back some 20,000 years, from near Kalumburu in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, depicts several bats similar to Styloctenium mindorensis hanging from a branch or vine. The paintings belong to a category of sophisticated rock art known as Bradshaws. The facial markings on the paintings are particularly clear and have led researchers to conclude that the subjects were either S. mindorensis or a closely related species.

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Mindoro stripe-faced fruit bat habitat map

References

1. Mindoro stripe-faced fruit bat Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mindoro_stripe-faced_fruit_bat
2. Mindoro stripe-faced fruit bat on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/136534/21979633

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