Little Red Flying Fox
Photo: courtesy of
Tolga Bat Hospital
Little Red Flying Fox: Pteropus scapulatus
The little red flying fox is, as the name suggests, smaller than the others in it's genus.
It also has, again as the common name suggests, a definite rufous tinge to the fur.
They have a very wide range over the continent - from the temperate south east, up the east coast, across tropical northern Australia, and down the west coast to Broome (Strahan 1998).
Within this range it moves a great deal, being more nomadic than the others in it's group.
It is probably returning to and setting up camps in response to flowering of particular trees that blossom at different times around the continent.
Script: Courtesy of Damon Ramsey BSc.(Zool) Biologist Guide