What kind of animal is the Orii flying fox? An explanation of its characteristics, ecology, and habitat


What kind of animal is the Orii flying fox? We will explain its characteristics, ecology, and habitat. It is a type of bat that is distributed in the southwestern islands of Japan and Taiwan, and can only be seen mainly in Far East Asia. As a result, its habitat is limited, and it is designated as an endangered species.

What is Orii’s Flying Fox? Basic Stats

Orii’s fruit bat is an animal belonging to the order Chiroptera, family Pteropodidae, and genus Pteropus. It is a subspecies of the collared flying fox and is found on Okinawa Island and the surrounding islands. Its scientific name is Pteropus dasymallus inopinatus, and its English name is Orii’s fruit bat. Its body length is 19-25cm and its weight is 0.3-0.5kg. The list of information is as follows.

English(英名)Orii’s fruit bat
scientific name(学名)Pteropus dasymallus inopinatus
classification(分類)Mammalia、Chiroptera、 Pteropodidae、Pteropus


The Orii flying fox can be seen in Japan and Taiwan.

What are its characteristics? What does it look like?

The Orii flying fox has reddish brown or dark brown fur that is long and woolly. The fur around its neck is pale yellow and resembles a collar. It does not fly by echolocation using ultrasonic waves, but by sight, so it has high eyesight and tends to have large eyes. The Orii flying fox prefers forests. It is nocturnal and often rests during the day.

What is its personality like?

The Orii flying fox is a little wary and does not get tame at first. It is said to be a very cooperative animal because it often lives alone or in small groups.

What is its ecology like?

The Orii flying fox eats fruits, flowers, leaves, and some insects. It breeds from October to December and can give birth to one baby at a time. The babies become independent in about six months and have a lifespan of about 20 years.

Do they have any natural enemies?

The Orii flying fox’s natural enemies include wildcats.

Is the Orii flying fox an endangered species?

The Orii flying fox is designated as an endangered species. The same species, the Daito flying fox and the Erabu flying fox, are designated as endangered species Class I in the Okinawa Red Data and Kagoshima Red Data, and are in a critical situation. Their population continues to decline due to habitat destruction caused by development and a decrease in food.

Can you keep the Orii flying fox as a pet?

The Orii flying fox is designated as an endangered species. For this reason, it is extremely difficult for the general public to keep one as a pet. Take one to a zoo or somewhere similar.


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