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On the status, reproductive biology and management of fruit bats of Yap

On the status, reproductive biology and management of fruit bats of Yap

Micronesica, 211-2: 39-51

Traditional exploitataion of fruit bats of Yap is limited, however commercial exploitation greatly reduced populations until they were protected indefinitely. There will be continued need to manage this resource. This paper is based on field work conducted while Yap's bats were intensively hunted. Data from field work is augmented with information from literature on other Pteropus to provide an overall picture of the life history of fruit bats for use by Micronesian resource managers. The original data collected on Yap bats suggests that the populations of fruit bats on Yap islands and Ulithi atoll form two subspecies of Pteropus mariannus. In contrast to reports of seasonal breeding among other Pteropus over the past 51 years, Pteropus mariannus yapensis, reproduced throughout the time of this study. The reproductive ecology of Yap's bats and the importance of suitable habitat is also discussed.

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