Genus: Macroglossus Species: Macroglossus minimus. Subspecies: M. m. booensis Macroglossus minimus E. Geoffroy, Type locality. Description: A small, delicate-looking creamy-furred bat with a long slender muzzle. Upperparts buffy-brown. Underparts paler and greyer. Wing membranes . Proper noun[edit]. Macroglossus minimus m. A taxonomic species within the family Pteropodidae – a megabat, the long-tongued nectar bat.

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Linnean Society symposium series 2: D’Anchieta’s fruit bat P. White-winged flying fox D.

It feeds on nectar and pollenwhich it can obtain from mangroves and banana flowers in Malaysia. The minims nectar bat Macroglossus minimusalso known as the northern blossom bathoney nectar bat[2] least blossom-bat[3] dagger-toothed long-nosed fruit bat[1] and lesser long-tongued fruit bat[1] is a species of megabat.

Fischer’s pygmy fruit bat H. American Society of Mammalogists. The hair on the abdomen minimsu a lighter colour, and a dark brown stripe runs bilaterally down the top of the head and back.

ADW: Macroglossus minimus: INFORMATION

Retrieved 12 January Plerotes D’Anchieta’s fruit bat P. Females seem to have no particular minkmus season during the year. Buettikofer’s epauletted fruit bat E. Admiralty flying fox P. The tail is extremely short, reaching to only about 4 mm at the longest length, and the uropatagium is almost non-existent.

Subfamily Nyctimeninae Nyctimene tube-nosed fruit bats Broad-striped tube-nosed fruit bat N. In macroglosssus words, India and southeast Asia. Positive Macroglossus minimus “is considered to be a highly efficient vector in pollen transfer for a large number of tree species,” Gunnell et al.


Pteropodidae on Lombook Island, Indonesia”.

Key Behaviors motile Communication and Perception Perception Channels tactile chemical Food Habits Long-tongued fruit bats are appropriately named due to their long tongue for extracting nectar and pollen from flowers. Help us improve the site by taking our survey. Greater nectar bat E.

Macroglossus minimus is a solitary bat except when a female is caring for her infant. Though we edit our accounts for accuracy, we cannot guarantee all information in those accounts. Macroglosdus roost sites are sometimes in the trees used for foraging. This pollen transfer occurs during normal feeding habits and is responsible for the fertilization of a large number of trees in human-operated banana plantations.

Sexual dimorphism does not occur in this species as it does in other genera of the same family where males possess a growth of hair tufts below each jaw on each side of the neck and females lack the hair tufts. Macroglossus minimusalso known by the common name the long-tongued fruit bat, is amongst the smallest of the family Pteropodidae Gunnell et al. A free-flying immature bat has an forearm length Common blossom bat S. Manado fruit bat R. Fijian monkey-faced Bat M.

Lesser Long-tongued Fruit Bat (Macroglossus minimus) ·

Angolan epauletted fruit bat E. Spotted-winged fruit bat B.


The fur of the long-tongued fruit bat is reddish-brown on the back and is very long compared to other species in Pteropodidae. Estimates for the gestation period for M.

Long-tongued nectar bat

Dusky fruit bat Mxcroglossus. Fertility after birth is restored shortly after amcroglossus and most females are impregnated again at this time. Zenker’s fruit bat S. Brooks’s dyak fruit bat D. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Mammals of New Guinea. To cite this page: Macroglossus minimus lesser long-tongued fruit bat Facebook.

The feeding biology in relation to food source of nectivorous bats Chiroptera: During the roosting time the long-tongued fruit bat hangs upside down with its wings wrapping its body, and “the long axis of the head is held at right angles to the body most other bats hang with the face pointing directly downwards ,” Yalden and Morris Long-tongued fruit bats, like many other pteropodids, have large eyes, and they orient visually.

The rostrum is long and narrow and the eyes are large compared to bats in the suborder Microchiroptera Nowak, Tailless fruit bat M.