Pteropus subniger Kerr, 1792:91

Lesser Mascarene flying(-)fox, Small Mauritian flying(-)fox, Dark flying(-)fox, Rougette



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

A list of synonyms can be found here:


Conservation Status


Last record: Mauritius (1859); Réunion (1862)

IUCN RedList status: Extinct



Mauritius & Réunion, Mascarene Islands


Biology & Ecology







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Original scientific description:

Kerr, Robert. (1792). The Animal Kingdom: London: J. Murray & R. Faulder.

Other references:

Bergmans, W. (1990). Taxonomy and biogeography of African fruit bats (Mammalia: Megachiroptera). 3. The genera Scotonycteris Matschie, 1894, Casinycteris Thomas, 1910, Pteropus Brisson, 1762, and Eidolon Rafinesque, 1815. Beaufortia, 40(7):111-177.

Cheke, A. S. and Dahl, J. F. (1981). The status of bats on Western Indian Ocean islands, with special reference to Pteropus. Mammalia 45(2): 205-238.

Cheke, A. S. and Hume, Julian Pender. (2008). Lost Land of the Dodo: an Ecological History of Mauritius, Réunion & Rodrigues. T & AD Poyser (UK) and Yale University Press (USA).

La Nux, J.B. de, 1772. (Letter on Rousettes and Rougettes). Published, apparently with only a few minor excisions, on pp. 253-262 of Buffon, 1776 (q.v.).

Maas, P.H.J. (2011). Lesser Mascarene Flying Fox - Pteropus subniger. In: TSEW (2013). The Sixth Extinction Website. ( Downloaded on 22 December 2013.

Mickleburgh, S., Hutson, A.M., Bergmans, W. & Howell, K. (2008). Pteropus subniger. In: IUCN 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.1. ( Downloaded on 19 October 2011.

Mickleburgh, Simon P., Hutson, Anthony M. and Racey, Paul A. (1992). Old World fruit bats. An action plan for their conservation. Gland, Switzerland: IUCN. viii + 252 pp.

Wilson, D.E. & Reeder, D.M. 2005 Mammal species of the world: a taxonomic and geographic reference. Third edition. Baltimore, MD: John Hopkins University Press.



The photograph of the preserved specimen has been released under the [url=]GNU Free Documentation License[/url] by the photographer: citron. Thanks go to the author for their kind permission to place this image in the public domain.


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