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Endangered Japanese animals: Ryukyu flying fox

Animal

Ryukyu flying fox is a bat that lives in parts of Japan and Taiwan. It is a member of the flying fox family and is distributed in the northernmost part of the flying foxes. A bat that lives in forest areas and is a nocturnal animal. The population of this bat is decreasing due to land development by humans and the decrease in food. Currently, this bat is designated as an endangered species in Japan and is in danger of survival.

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Habitat

Ryukyu flying foxes live in Japan.

Characteristic

Ryukyu flying foxes are 18-25 cm long and weigh 300-500 g. This bat inhabits Japan and Taiwan and lives in forest areas. Body hair is long wool-like, reddish brown or dark brown. The coat color around the neck is pale yellow and whitish, and the patagium is dark brown or dark brown. Ryukyu flying foxes may live alone or in small herds. The activity starts from dusk to night, and it is nocturnal. During the day, they often hang on branches in the trees.

Ecology

Ryukyu flying foxes live on fruits, leaves and flowers. Breeding is embryo. Copulation takes place around October-December. With a gestation period of about 4 to 6 months, you can give birth to one animal at a time. The child grows to the same extent as the parent in about half a year and becomes independent. Ryukyu flying foxes mature in about 1 to 2 years. The life is said to be about 20 years.

Endangered species

Ryukyu flying foxes mainly inhabit Japan and Taiwan, but some are hunted for food. In addition, extinction has been confirmed in some areas of Taiwan. In Japan, land development has reduced the number and area of habitat, and predation by cats has also increased significantly. It is an animal that is often damaged by typhoons and often dies from natural disasters. The population is particularly declining in Okinawa and Kagoshima prefectures in Japan. This bat is listed in Annex II of the Washington Convention and is also designated as an endangered species. It is a highly extinct animal due to its low breeding rate.

Breeding

Ryukyu flying foxes are an endangered species and are difficult to breed due to their declining population. Watch it at the zoo or go to Japan.

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