Nendo tube-nosed fruit bat

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Nendo tube-nosed fruit bat

Critically endangered, possibly extinct (IUCN 3.1)[1]
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Family: Pteropodidae
Genus: Nyctimene
Species: N. sanctacrucis
Binomial name
Nyctimene sanctacrucis
(Troughton, 1931)
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Nendo tube-nosed fruit bat former range

The Nendo or Santa Cruz tube-nosed fruit bat (Nyctimene sanctacrucis) is a megabat from the Santa Cruz Group of the Solomon Islands, near the eastern limit of the distribution of tube-nosed fruit bats. It has tube-like nostrils and a wingspan of about 40 cm.

The species is known from a single female specimen collected in the late 19th century and donated to the Australian Museum, Sydney, in 1892. It apparently was last seen on the island of Nendo in 1907. It has previously been treated as extinct but is currently classified as data deficient by the IUCN due to continuing concerns about the species' taxonomic validity.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Leary, T., Hamilton, S. & Helgen, K. (2008). "Nyctimene sanctacrucis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2008: e.T14961A4483732. Retrieved 23 December 2015. 

Further reading[edit]

Flannery, Tim & Schouten, Peter (2001). A Gap in Nature: Discovering the World's Extinct Animals. Atlantic Monthly Press, New York. ISBN 0-87113-797-6.