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Dietary variation in spectacled flying foxes (Pteropus conspicillatus) of the Australian Wet Tropics

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Parsons, JG and Cairns, A and Johnson, CN and Robson, SKA and Shilton, LA and Westcott, DA, Dietary variation in spectacled flying foxes (Pteropus conspicillatus) of the Australian Wet Tropics , Australian Journal of Zoology, 54, (6) pp. 417-428. ISSN 0004-959X (2007) [Refereed Article]

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Official URL: http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/ZO06092.htm

DOI: doi:10.1071/ZO06092

Abstract

The diet of Pteropus conspicillatus, a large flying fox, was examined by collecting faeces in traps beneath daytime roost trees in four geographically distinct camps in the Wet Tropics bioregion of North-eastern Queensland, Australia. Faecal analyses revealed that P. conspicillatus utilise a broad variety of plant resources from a variety of habitats. Seed and pulp from figs (Ficus spp., Moraceae) and pollen from the family Myrtaceae were most frequently represented in the faeces from a range of both wet sclerophyll and rainforest habitats. The dietary composition of P. conspicillatus at individual camps could not be predicted by the habitats located within a typical foraging distance of each camp (20 km), and although consistent dietary changes were seen across all camps over time, each camp had a unique dietary signature indicative of feeding on a distinct subset of available vegetation. The unique diet of each camp and the variety of dietary items consumed suggest that camps may need to be managed on an individual camp-specific basis, and that P. conspicillatus are utilising a broader range of resources than would be expected if the species was a strict ‘rainforest-fruit specialist’.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:dietary variation, flying fox, fruit bat, Pteropus conspicillatus,
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Ecological Physiology
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Objective Field:Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity at Regional or Larger Scales
Author:Johnson, CN (Professor Christopher Johnson)
ID Code:68665
Year Published:2007
Web of Science® Times Cited:16
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2011-03-17
Last Modified:2012-10-10
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