Daito Fruit Bat
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“Eh? I'm too big? I'm too stand out even if I'm flying during the night? Ultrasonic waves? Isn't that difficult? Could it be as a bat I'm a failure? But I'm good at dangling. Isn't that like a bat? The night when the moon's beautiful make me want to fly into the forest. Ah, I found fruits!”
—Daito Fruit Bati's introduction
In Real Life
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.
- Daito Fruit Bat is the only friend to be upside down in her character art