Dobsonia chapmani Rabor, 1952:2

Negros naked-backed fruit bat, Philippine Bare-backed fruit bat



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last record: December 1964 (1975?)

Rediscovered in 2001

IUCN RedList status: Critically Endangered



Cebu & Negros, Philippines












Original scientific description:

Rabor, D. S. (1952). Two new mammals from Negros Island, Philippines. Chicago Acad. Sci. nat. Hist. Misc. 96: 1-7.


Other references:

Alcala, E. L., Paalan, R. B., Averia, L. T. and Alcala, A. C. 2004. Rediscovery of the Philippine bare-backed bat (Dobsonia chapmani Rabor) in southwestern Negros Island, Philippines. Silliman Journal 45: 123-136.

Evans, T. D., Dutson, G. C. L. and Brooks, T. M. (1993). Cambridge Philippines Rainforest Project 1991 Final Report. Cambridge, U.K.: BirdLife International.

Fauna and Flora International. (2001). 'Extinct' Philippine naked-backed fruit bat rediscovered on Cebu. Fauna and Flora 1: 12 pp.

Fisher, Diana O. (2011). Trajectories from extinction: where are missing mammals rediscovered? Global Ecology & Biogeography 20: 415-425. [Appendix S1]

Heaney, L. R. (1986). Biogeography of the mammals of Southeast Asia: estimates of colonisation, extinction and speciation. Biol. J. Linn. Soc. 28: 127-165.

Heaney, L. R. and Heideman, P. D. (1987). Philippine fruit bats, endangered and extinct. Bats 5: 3-5.

Heaney, L.R., Balete, D.S., Dollar, M.L., Alcala, A.C., Dans, A.T.L., Gonzales, P.C., Ingle, N.R., Lepiten, M.V., Oliver, W.L.R., Ong, P.S., Rickart, E.A., Tabaranza Jr., B.R. and Utzurrum, R.C.B. 1998. A synopsis of the mammalian fauna of the Philippine Islands. Fieldiana: Zoology (New Series) 88: 1-61.

Heaney, L., Ong, P., Tabaranza, B., Rosell-Ambal, G., Balete, D., Alcala, E., Paguntulan, L.M., Pedregosa, S. & Cariño, A.B. 2008. Dobsonia chapmani. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T6773A12804243. Downloaded on 20 May 2016.

Mallari, N. D., Tabaranza Jr., B. R. and Crosby, M. 2001. Key Conservation Sites in the Philippines. Department of Environment and Natural Resources Philippines and Bookmark Publishing, Inc., Makati City, Philippines.

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.

Paguntalan, Lisa-Marie J., Pedregosa Marisol dG. and Gadiana, Mery Jean C. (2004). The Philippine Bare-Backed Fruit Bat Dobsonia chapmani Rabor, 1952: Rediscovery and Conservation Status on Cebu Island. Silliman Journal 45(2): 113-122. [Abstract]

Rabor, D. S. (1986). Guide to the Philippine flora and fauna. Natural Resources Management Centre. Ministry of Natural Resources and University of the Philippines.

Scheffers, Brett R., Yong, Ding Li, Harris, J. Berton C., Giam, Xingli and Sodhi, Navjot S. (2011). The world’s rediscovered species: back from the brink? PLoS ONE 6(7): e22531. [Supporting Information (Table S1)]

Simmons, N. B. (2005). Order Chiroptera. In: D.E. Wilson and D.M. Reeder (eds), Mammal Species of the World, pp. 312-529. The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD, USA.

Simmons, N.B. and A.L. Cirranello. 2023. Bat Species of the World: A taxonomic and geographic database. Version 1.3. Accessed on 06/18/2023.

Raymundo, M. L. and Caballes, C. F. (2016). An Insight into Bat Hunter Behavior and Perception with Implications for the Conservation of the Critically Endangered Philippine Bare-Backed Fruit Bat. Journal of Ethnobiology 36(2): 382-394. [Abstract]

Utzurrum, R. C. B. 1992. Conservation status of Philippine fruit bats (Pteropodidae). Silliman Journal 36: 27-45.


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