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1 June 2010 Recent Surveys of Bats (Mammalia: Chiroptera) from China II. Pteropodidae
Jin-Shuo Zhang, Gareth Jones, Li-Biao Zhang, Guang-Jian Zhu, Shu-Yi Zhang
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We review the distribution and conservation status of Old World fruit bats (Pteropodidae) in tropical and subtropical China. Our results are based on a series of surveys conducted between 1999 and 2008 by Chinese researchers and international collaborators, spanning almost the entire range of pteropodids within China over nine provinces. Additionally we provide new information on morphometrics and notes on ecology. We also review earlier Chinese literature on fruit bats because much of this has previously been inaccessible to western scientists, and we evaluate the reliability of some of these older records. Thirteen species of fruit bats have been reputed to occur in China, including one species restricted to Taiwan. We classified Chinese fruit bats according to distribution and status as follows: Resident (six species, including one species formerly found in Taiwan and now restricted to its neighbouring islands), Marginal (three species), Questionable (one species) and Alien (three species). Consequently, only five species are encountered with any regularity in mainland China and Hainan Island: Cynopterus sphinx, Eonycteris spelaea, Macroglossus sobrinus, Rousettus leschenaultii, and Sphaerias blanfordi. Three species in the genus Pteropus are referred to in old records, but these bats are clearly not native to mainland China.

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Jin-Shuo Zhang, Gareth Jones, Li-Biao Zhang, Guang-Jian Zhu, and Shu-Yi Zhang "Recent Surveys of Bats (Mammalia: Chiroptera) from China II. Pteropodidae," Acta Chiropterologica 12(1), 103-116, (1 June 2010).
Received: 28 August 2009; Accepted: 1 February 2010; Published: 1 June 2010
conservation status
Old World fruit bats
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