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SPECIES Pteropus melanopogon

Author:Peters, 1867.
Citation:Monatsb. K. Preuss. Akad. Wiss. Berlin, 1867: 330.
Common Name:Black-bearded Flying Fox
Type Locality:Indonesia, Molucca Isls, Amboina.
Distribution:Amboina, Buru, Seram, Banda Isls, Yamdena (= Timor Laut), and adjacent islands (Indonesia). A Sangihe Isl record is erroneous; see Bergmans and Rozendaal (1988).
Status:CITES Appendix II. IUCN/SSC Action Plan (1992) Not Threatened. IUCN 2003 Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:melanopogon species group. Does not include sepikensis, here considered a synonym of neohibernicus; see Koopman (1979). I follow Bergmans (2001) in recognizing aruensis and keyensis (often listed as subspecies of melanopogon following Laurie and Hill [1954]) as distinct species pending additional review of this complex. This complex includes several undescribed species (K. Helgen, pers. comm.).
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