Distribution, relative abundance, and conservation status of the large flying fox, Pteropus vampyrus, in peninsular Malaysia: A preliminary assessment

Jayasilan Mohd-Azlan, Zubaid Akbar Mukhtar Ahmad, Thomas H. Kunz

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Abstract

An 11-month survey was undertaken to assess the relative abundance and distribution of the large flying fox, Pteropus vampyrus, in peninsular Malaysia. A total of 115 locations were visited based on sites that were identified from personal observations, published records, and information obtained from local villagers and wildlife and forestry personnel. Our survey suggests a severe decline in the abundance and distribution of P. vampyrus throughout peninsular Malaysia. At nearly half of all sites visited, there were no recent records or observations of this species. Several sites were used on a seasonal basis, others appeared to have been abandoned due to disturbance or habitat loss, and still others may have been extirpated by hunting. Most extant colonies are presumably located deep in isolated and inaccessible forests and in dense riparian vegetation such as mangrove and freshwater swamps. We suggest that unregulated hunting and habitat loss are the primary reasons for the decline in abundance of this species in peninsular Malaysia. Inadequacies in existing laws should be addressed and a public awareness program launched so that an effective conservation and management plan can be formulated to ensure the long-term survival of this ecologically important species.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-162
Number of pages14
JournalActa Chiropterologica
Volume3
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Abundance
  • Conservation
  • Distribution
  • Management
  • Pteropus vampyrus

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  • Animal Science and Zoology

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Distribution, relative abundance, and conservation status of the large flying fox, Pteropus vampyrus, in peninsular Malaysia : A preliminary assessment. / Mohd-Azlan, Jayasilan; Mukhtar Ahmad, Zubaid Akbar; Kunz, Thomas H.

In: Acta Chiropterologica, Vol. 3, No. 2, 2001, p. 149-162.

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