Livingstone’s Flying Fox

Livingstone's Flying Fox

Unlike other bats in the Comoros, the Livingstone’s flying fox is not normally hunted for food, possibly due to cultural taboos or the bat’s inaccessible roosting areas.

There is no evidence that the Livingstone’s flying fox is hunted for food, a key factor affecting other fruit bat species. This may be due in part to cultural taboos among the majority of the population that surround consumption of fruit bats. However, the apparent lack of hunting may also be due in part to the bat’s habit of roosting in inaccessible areas remote from towns.

Some limited hunting of the other two fruit bat species in the Comoros has been occasionally recorded.

It is unclear if the increased access to formerly inaccessible roost areas could expose the bats to any hunting pressure in the future, but any such hunting would likely first affect the flying fox’s congener, the seychelles flying fox (Pteropus seychellensis comorensis), which sometimes roosts and forages in visible locations in or near towns.


Image | © M Jean Marie PARIS, All Rights Reserved
Sources | (Mickleburgh, Hutson, & Racey, 1992; Sewall, Young, Trewhella, Rodríguez-Clark, & Granek, 2016; Trewhella, et al., 2005)

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