Pteropus tuberculatus Peters, 1869:393

Vanikoro flying fox



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Pteropus vanikorensis (in part); Acerodon vanikorensis (in part)


Conservation Status

Last record: 25 August 1926 or later

Rediscovered in 2014?

IUCN RedList status: Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct)


This species has been rediscovered twice.



Vanikoro (=Vanikolo), Santa Cruz Group, Solomon Islands












Original scientific description:

Peters, W. (1869). [url=]Las Bemerkungen über neue oder weniger bekannte Flederthiere, besonders des Pariser Museums[/url]. Monatsberichte der Königlichen Preussischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin 1869: 391-406.


Other references:

Andersen, K. (1912). Catalogue of the Chiroptera in the collection of the British Museum, vol. I: Megachiroptera. London: British Museum (Natural History), ci+854 pp.

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

Flannery, Timothy F. (1995). Mammals of the South-west Pacific and Moluccan Islands. Comstock/Cornell, Ithaca, NY, 464 pp. [p. 297]

Lavery, T.H., Leary, T. & Pierce, R. 2020. Pteropus tuberculatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2020: e.T18765A22088712. Downloaded on 24 April 2021.

Leary, T., Hamilton, S. and James, R. (2008). Pteropus tuberculatus. In: IUCN 2010. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010.4. ( Downloaded on 22 March 2011.

Matschie, P. (1899). Die Fledermäuse des Berliner Museumsfür Naturkunde. 1. Lieferung. Die Megachiroptera des Berliner Museums für Naturkunde. Berlin: Georg Reimer, viii+102 pp.

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.

Sanborn, Colin Campbell. (1931). Bats from Polynesia, Melanesia, and Malaysia. Publications of the Field Museum of Natural History, Zoological Series 18(2): 7-29.

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.

Troughton, Ellis Le G. (1927). Fixation of the habitat, and extended description, of Pteropus tuberculatus, Peters. Records of the Australian Museum 15(5): 355-359.


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