Black Fruit Bat (species: Pteropus alecto) in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Pteropus alecto
Black Fruit Bat

©Lyle Vail: A Black Fruit Bat named Fruity, raised from a pup at LIRS in the 1990s.

©Justin Welbergen: Pteropus alecto
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Chiroptera
Family Pteropodidae
Genus Pteropus
Species Pteropus alecto
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Size data has not been obtained.


  • Up to 100 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

Black flying-foxes tend to roost in trees rather than in caves. Favoured roosting environments include mangroves, paperbark swamps, and rainforest habitats.


Black flying-foxes spend the day resting in colonies that can include many thousands of bats. They feed on pollen and nectar from native trees.

Web resources


  • Gates, J. and P. Hoyle (1990). Lore from the Lizard: Lizard Island Research Station, Australian Natural History, 23(4): 314-321. LIRS catalog number 402.
  • Reef, R., I.C. Feller and C.E. Lovelock (2014). Mammalian herbivores in Australia transport nutrients from terrestrial to marine ecosystems via mangroves, Journal of Tropical Ecology, doi:10.1017/S0266467414000054: 1-10. LIRS catalog number 1762.