Endangered Species

Grey Fruit Bat
Artwork Medium: Scratchboard
Dimensions: 5″ x 7″

Grey Flying Fox

Aethalops alecto
Status: Least Concern

The Flying Fox Bats are among the largest bats in the world. They are commonly known as fruit bats. As with all megabats they have a fox-like face. They are endemic to the southeastern areas of Australia.

These bats are important to healthy forest ecosystems because they disperse and pollinate the seeds of many common tree species. Grey haired flying foxes have a diverse diet consisting of at least 54 flowers (nectar and pollen) and 48 fruit species.

The grey haired flying fox is listed as a threatened species because their numbers have declined over a relatively short period of time. The main threat to the Grey Flying Foxes is urbanization and the conversion of forests to sugar plantations and pastureland for wild stock.

Last November a heatwave wiped out a third of the population on the northern coast of Australia. This is not normal but could become so.

NSW Government
Australian Museum