Pteropus Whitmeei, 1874
Pteropus Whitmeei, Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London, 1874
Depicted in this gorgeous lithograph is an old world fruit bat known today as pretorpus samoensis or the Samoa Flying Fox. In the image, it is referred to as "pteropus whitmeei".
Pteropus, also known as flying foxes or fruit bats, are the largest in the world. Unlike their smaller relatives, fruit bats have excellent vision. They also have a strong sense of smell. Their diet consists solely of fruits, blossoms and nectar.
One thing unique about the Samoa flying fox is that it is a day-time creature, searching for food in the morning, and only lives alone or in small groups. These fruit bats only have a wingspan stretching two feet, and can be identified by their dark-brown coat with silver or yellow heads. These remarkable megabats can be found in tropical forests in islands located in the Pacific, including Fiji and Samoa, and are classified as a threatened species due to habitat loss.
This lithograph is taken from the 1874 issue of Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London, a natural history journal. Drawn by G.H. Ford and engraved by the Mintern Bros.
Condition: In excellent condition