> Aproteles bulmerae
Aproteles bulmerae (Bulmer's fruit bat)
Bulmer's fruit bat (Aproteles bulmerae) is a megabat endemic to New Guinea. It is listed as a critically endangered species due to habitat loss and hunting. It is the only member of the genus Aproteles.
Bulmers fruit bat is the largest bat species to roost in caves. It is predominantly nocturnal and, like other fruit bats, relies on sight rather than echolocation to navigate. It has a remarkable ability to manoeuvre, and is one of the few species of bats that can hover and even fly backwards. Believed to have become extinct at the end of the last Ice Age glaciation, the species was rediscovered in a precipitous mountain cave in 1975. Shortly after its rediscovery, this small population was almost wiped out by local hunters with guns. There are no other known populations, making this remarkable animal one of the most endangered species of bats in the world.
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Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 15.23
EDGE Score: 5.56
|Adult Weight  ||1.32 lbs (600 g)|
|Top 100 Endangered  ||Yes|
Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) Sites
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Papua New Guinea
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Felisa A. Smith, S. Kathleen Lyons, S. K. Morgan Ernest, Kate E. Jones, Dawn M. Kaufman, Tamar Dayan, Pablo A. Marquet, James H. Brown, and John P. Haskell. 2003. Body mass of late Quaternary mammals.
Ecology 84:3403 ♦ 2
Baillie, J.E.M. & Butcher, E. R. (2012) Priceless or Worthless? The world’s most threatened species.
Zoological Society of London, United Kingdom.
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Protected Areas provided by Le Saout, S., Hoffmann, M., Shi, Y., Hughes, A., Bernard, C., Brooks, T.M., Bertzky, B., Butchart, S.H.M., Stuart, S.N., Badman, T. & Rodrigues, A.S.L. (2013) Protected areas and effective biodiversity conservation
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