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Bats under threat

Ropate Valemei
Wednesday, December 05, 2012

NATUREFIJI-MareqetiViti has identified that two of the six bat species in Fiji are endangered.

Conservation co-ordinator Nunia Thomas said another bat species was also found to be vulnerable.

Ms Thomas has identified the Pacific Sheath-tail bat and the Fijian Free-tailed bat as endangered while the Fijian Blossom bat was found to be vulnerable.

"For the Pacific Sheath-tail bat, numbers have been decreasing everywhere, and in Fiji it seems to have disappeared from Viti Levu," she said.

Ms Thomas said these bats were threatened by predators, pesticide use, deforestation and disturbance of their roosts.

"It is a small micro bat and its body is about 5cm long and it has brown fur," she explained.





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