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Aproteles bulmerae (Bulmer's fruit bat)

Wikipedia Abstract

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.
View Wikipedia Record: Aproteles bulmerae

Endangered Species

Status: Critically Endangered
View IUCN Record: Aproteles bulmerae

EDGE Analysis

Bulmer’s 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.
Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 15.23
EDGE Score: 5.56
View EDGE Record: Aproteles bulmerae


Adult Weight [1]  1.32 lbs (600 g)
Forages - Arboreal [2]  100 %
Nocturnal [2]  Yes
Top 100 Endangered [3]  Yes


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Central Range montane rain forests Indonesia, Papua New Guinea Australasia Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Southern New Guinea lowland rain forests Indonesia, Papua New Guinea Australasia Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Crater Mountain Wildlife Management Area 676481 Papua New Guinea      

Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) Sites

Name  Location   Map   Climate   Land Use 
Telefomin Papua New Guinea

Range Map




Attributes / relations provided by
1Felisa 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
2Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
3Baillie, 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. Science, 342, 803–805
AZE sites provided by Alliance for Zero Extinction (2010). 2010 AZE Update.
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Weather provided by NOAA METAR Data Access