Daito Fruit Bat

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Daito Fruit Bat

Daito Fruit BatOriginal.jpg

Character Data
Also known as: Daito Flying Fox
Japanese Name: ダイトウオオコウモリ
Romanised Name: Daitouookoumori
First Featured in: Not Featured Yet
Animal Data
Scientific Name: Pteropus dasymallus Daitoensis
Distribution: Daito Islands
Diet: Unknown
Average Lifespan in the Wild: Unknown
Read More: DaitoFruit Bat
Conservation Status:  ?
Daito Fruit Bat Festival

Daito Fruit Bat is a type of Friend that first appeared in Kemono Friends Does Okinawa.

In Real Life

A fruit bat hanging out
The Daito Fruit Bat is a subspecies of the Ryukyu Flying Fox native to the Daito Islands of Japan. They have a wingspan of up to 1.2-1.4 meters, are around 22 centimeters long and weigh around 500 grams. they are covered in long, brown hair and have a yellow nape. The other four subspecies live on Taiwan, the Philippines and the rest of the Ryukyu islands.

As the name suggests, the Daito Fruit Bat mostly feeds on fruits but also on flowers, leaves and, rarely, insects. They're important as pollinators and drop seeds of digested food up to almost 2 kilometers far away from the parent trees. They do not only pollinate wild plants but also commercial plants important for timer, crops and medicinal plants; however, they also eat fruit from orchards which causes damages for farmers.

Daito Fruit Bats roost in trees either alone or in small groups during the day and they forage for food at night. Unlike many other bats they do not use echolocation but rather rely on both sight and hearing to navigate in the air. They mate in winter and a single young is born after a pregnancy of around 4-6 months. Females do not reproduce until they are at least one year of age, making the species slow to reproduce.

The biggest threats to all the Ryukyu Flying Fox species are deforestation, habitat loss, illegal culls done by farmers, typhoons and predation by cats and dogs. In the Philippines, the meat of the bat is considered a delicacy among locals. Currently, the Taiwanese Fruit Bat is almost extinct; the Daito and Erabu Fruit Bats are critically endangered and the Orii's and Yaeyama Fruit Bat are considered near threatened by the IUCN red list; the species as a whole is listed as vulnerable with an estimated 3,000-6,000 mature specimen still alive.

Trivia

  • Daito Fruit Bat is the only friend to be upside down in her character art

References

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