Livingstone’s Flying Fox

Livingstone's Flying Fox

The Livingstone’s flying fox’s black and tawny fur, rounded ears, and red-orange eyes distinguishes it from other pteropodids.

The Livingstone’s flying fox has three features that distinguishes it from most other pteropodids, its black and tawny pelage, semicircular ears, and red-orange eyes.

It has a mostly black pelage with golden or tawny tinges on the rump, sides of the belly, and at times on each shoulder. The amount of golden hair varies between individuals with some having a narrow band of golden fur down the back with others being pure black without any paler hair at all.

The bat’s wings, legs, nose, and large, rounded, unique semicircular ears are black and hairless.

The Livingstone flying fox has large, red-orange eyes and well-developed vision.

These bats weigh from 500 to 800 grams (18-28 ounces), have a wingspan up to 1.5 meters (4 feet, 7 inches), and are about 30 centimeters (12 inches) in body length.

Livingstone’s flying foxes do not exhibit sexual dimorphism.


Image | © Ben J Charles (CharlieJB), All Rights Reserved
Sources | (Dewey & Long, 2007; Emanoil, Edward, Kasinec, 1994; Wikipedia, 2018)

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