Dusky flying fox

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Dusky flying fox
Ear of P. brunneus (4) and other species of the genus Pteropus

Extinct  (1874?) (IUCN 3.1)[1]
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Family: Pteropodidae
Genus: Pteropus
Species: P. brunneus
Binomial name
Pteropus brunneus
Dobson, 1878

The dusky flying fox (Pteropus brunneus), also known as the Percy Island flying fox, is an extinct species of flying fox in the family Pteropodidae. It was endemic to Percy Island off the southeast coast of Mackay, Queensland, in the northeast corner of Australia.[2]

Only one specimen is known to exist. It was documented in 1859 and collected by Dobson in 1878. Since that record, no further documentation is known of this species.[3][4] Currently, the specimen is located at the British Museum of Natural History, and was validated as a separate species in the late 20th century.[5]


  1. ^ Richards, G. & Hall, L. (2008). "Pteropus brunneus". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2008: e.T18718A8509718. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T18718A8509718.en. Retrieved 11 January 2018. 
  2. ^ Flying-foxes. Queensland Environmental Protection Agency (2009).
  3. ^ Dusky Flying Fox bats pteropus brunneus classification night vision Queensland percy island species paperbark swamp. Bathouses.com (2012-12-16). Retrieved on 2013-01-01.
  4. ^ Percy Island Flying-fox. Australian Museum. Amonline.net.au. Retrieved on 2013-01-01.
  5. ^ "The Action Plan for Australian Bats". Environment Australia, 1999. Environment.gov.au. Retrieved on 2013-01-01.

External links[edit]

  • Bathouses.com
  • Australian Museum online
  • Environment Australia, 1999. The Action Plan for Australian Bats
  • Andersen K. 1912. Catalogue of the Chiroptera in the collection of the British Museum. Volume I: Megachiroptera. Second Edition. Johnson Reprint Company, London.
  • Conder P. 1995. Dusky flying-fox Pteropus brunneus. pp. 433–434 in R. Strahan (Ed.) The Mammals of Australia. Reed Books, Chatswood, NSW
  • Strahan, R and Conder, P. 2007. Dictionary of Australian and New Guinean Mammals. Csiro Publishing, Victoria, Australia.