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Malayan Flying Fox (closeup)

Malayan Flying Fox

(Pteropus vampyrus)

Also known as the Common Flying Fox (this one is named Kamilah)

Order: Chiroptera

Family: Pteropodidae



* In reality a bat, the Malayan flying fox has a wingspan up to 79 inches in length and weighs 53 ounces.





* The Malayan flying fox is the largest bat in the world.


* It is called the "flying fox" because its face resembles that of a fox.


* As it does not hunt moving prey, the flying fox doesn't rely on echolocation to find its way around.


* Some cultures believe the species' meat contains curative properties for asthma.


* A group of 40 bats can disperse 150,000,000 seeds around the entire rain forest in one year.


* The flying fox opens and stretches its mouth in a yawn before going to sleep.


* Large numbers of flying foxes are called "camps."


* The Malayan flying fox cannot generate vitamin C (a limitation shared by humans and guinea pigs), thus it must get its supply from the fruit in its diet.


* An awkward landing in a camp's tree during feeding often result in fights among flying foxes and may cause an entire bat-laden tree to become highly agitated, full of fighting and screaming.





photographed at The Maryland Science Center in Baltimore at a presentation by Rob Mies from the Organization for Bat Conservation .

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Taken on September 9, 2009