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SPECIES Melonycteris (Melonycteris) melanops

Author:Dobson, 1877.
Citation:Proc. Zool. Soc. Lond., 1877: 119.
Common Name:Black-bellied Fruit Bat
Type Locality:Given by Andersen (1912:790) as "New Ireland, coast adjacent to Duke of York Isl." (Papua New Guinea, Bismarck Arch.).
Distribution:Bismarck Arch.; a New Guinea record is highly questionable (Flannery, 1993b).
Status:IUCN/SSC Action Plan (1992) Not Threatened. IUCN 2003 Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Subgenus Melonycteris. Reviewed by Flannery (1993b); also see Flannery (1995b) and Bonaccorso (1998).
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    alboscapulatus Ramsay, 1877

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