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The Peka, or Fruit Bat (Pteropus tonganus tonganus) (Mammalia, Chiroptera), of Niue Island, South Pacific

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Title: The Peka, or Fruit Bat (Pteropus tonganus tonganus) (Mammalia, Chiroptera), of Niue Island, South Pacific
Authors: Wodzicki, Kazimierz
Felten, Heinz
Issue Date: Apr 1975
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Citation: Wodzicki K, Felten H. 1975. The peka, or fruit bat (Pteropus tonganus tonganus) (Mammalia, Chiroptera), of Niue Island, South Pacific. Pac Sci 29(2): 131-138.
Abstract: The identification of the peka, or fruit bat, of the genus Pteropus
from Niue (= Savage) Island (190 S, 1690 W, 480 km east of Tonga, 500 km
southeast of Samoa and about 1,040 km west of the Southern Cook Islands),
South Pacific, by Gunther (1874) as Pteropus tonganus Quoy & Gaimard, 1830, is
confirmed.
Upon comparing the peka, the only fruit bat on Niue, with the other Pteropus
species present on the nearest islands of Tonga, Fiji, Samoa, and Uvea, we concluded
that the differences between Pteropus samoensis and P. nawaiensis are insignificant
and that the latter is a subspecies of P. samoensis.
The present distribution, numbers, roosting and feeding habits, and present
status of Pteropus tonganus on Niue Island are described.
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/918
ISSN: 0030-8870
Appears in Collections:Pacific Science Volume 29, Number 2, 1975



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