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New Flying Fox Discovered

Posted by: Loren Coleman on September 17th, 2007

Pteropus poliocephalus 2

Pteropus poliocephalus 1

The pictured flying fox (above) is the Ausytralian grey-headed flying-fox (Pteropus poliocephalus), which was first described in 1825 by Temminck. A new species of flying fox or fruit bat has been discovered.

A new species of flying fox or fruit bat has been found and verified from Mindoro Island, south of Manila, Philippines, it was reported Monday, September 17, 2007, by the news service AFP and other media sources.

The orange-colored bat with a distinctive white-stripped face was discovered in a protected wildlife area of Mindoro Island, as detailed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). Known as the “Mindoro stripe-faced fruitbat” for its striking facial features, the bat was discovered by accident when it was caught in a net set by the researchers.

One of the Filipino researchers, Jake Esselstyn, said the bat was found during a survey of mammals, reptiles, and amphibians in the Sablayan region on the west coast of the island. The team from the Comparative Biogeography and Conservation of Philippine Vertebrates (CBCPV) project conducted an expedition in Mindoro Occidental early last year that led to the discovery of the new fruit bat species.

Details of the finding were published last week in the Journal of Mammalogy. Cryptozoologist Chad Arment has noted since this was a species that was ethnoknown, the find is of significance to cryptozoology. An animal known to the locals but not verified yet by science (before the “discovery”) is thus of direct relevance to cryptozoology, the study of hidden, yet-to-be identified zoological species.

The discovery of the new fruit bat species brings the number of bat species in the Philippines to 74 with 26 unique to the Philippines.

Sources: AFP, CBN News, Radio Australia, Chad Arment, and Reuters India.

About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013.


7 Responses to “New Flying Fox Discovered”

  1. serpent_seeker responds:

    flying fox what a find

  2. Bob Michaels responds:

    Great news, more to come?

  3. CrimsonFox79 responds:

    Awesome! Flying foxes are my favorite bats. They are so beautiful!

  4. bill green responds:

    hey loren great new article about a flying fox. thanks bill green

  5. mystery_man responds:

    These are fascinating creatures and unfortunately, they have been imbued with so much myth and supernatural imagery over the ages that they have gotten somewhat of a bad rap. Whenever I give field trips with my students to the zoo, they invariably cringe at bats of any type, despite my best efforts to dispel often inaccurate misconceptions about them. I say they these are beautiful animals and hope that more people become educated about them.

  6. Richard888 responds:

    This is as exciting as discovering a mini pterodactyl ;-)

  7. Alligator responds:

    Richard888 responds: September 18th, 2007 at 5:57 pm

    This is as exciting as discovering a mini pterodactyl

    Good comment Richard. It is indeed exciting when new species are discovered under our noses so to speak. There are an awful lot of critters, especially smaller varieties, that are completely unknown to science. However, they are indeed usually well known to the local indigenous peoples. The Philippines has suffered a tremendous amount of habitat degradation and deforestation in the last 30-40 years. I hope they will some some significant areas that they have left for the sake of the bats and others.



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