Livingstone’s Flying Fox
Livingstone’s flying foxes prefer to roost and forage in emergent trees, primarily on steep-sided valleys with southeast facing slopes, near ridge tops and in areas generally associated with dense natural vegetation.
The Livingstone’s flying fox roosts and forages primarily in native forests and underplanted forests and avoids areas heavily affected by human disturbance.
They prefer to roost in emergent trees, primarily on steep-sided valleys with southeast facing slopes, near ridge tops and in areas generally associated with dense natural vegetation. Populations of this bat are largely confined to primary tropical moist forest, especially in montane areas.
Specifically, on Anjouan, all the major roosts are restricted to a narrow mid-altitudinal range (600-960 meter above sea level) and are strongly associated with the presence of native and endemic trees, with most of the largest roosts located in dense canopy, old growth forest.
Ficus esperata, Girostpula comoriensis, Gambeya spp., Ficus lutea, and Nuxia pseudodentata are the five most commonly used tree species for roosting.
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• Sources | (Daniel, et al. 2016; Granek, 2002; Dewey & Long, 2007; Hutchins, Kleiman, & Geist, 2003; Mickleburgh, Hutson, & Racey, 1992; Sewall, Young, Trewhella, Rodríguez-Clark, & Granek, 2016; Sewell, et al., 2007, 2011)