Spectacled flying fox (Pteropus conspillatus)

Pteropus conspicillatus

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Photo Courtesy of: Haley Burgess

(Spectacled Flying Fox)




Pteropus conspicillatus

Common name(s)

Spectacled Flying fox

Main colour(s)

Black and brown

Body size

240 mm

Life span

17 years


Orpheus Island Research Station


They have a distinctive straw-coloured fur around each eye.


Their habitat range from rainforests, gallery forest, mangroves or paperbark forests. Their distribution is in Queensland from Tully till the tip of Cape York. Whereas the black flying fox is more distributed but live in same kind of habitat.


They are important seed dispersions and pollinators in the rainforest they live in. They are very territorial and will defend their territory if it is considered as rich for them. They forage only by night and is form single-species camps in the trees.

Sites where this species can be found at OIRS

Occasional visitors to OIRS, these flying foxes can be seen seasonally resting in the mangroves of the southern end of the station when fruit trees are in full bloom.

Research that has been undertaken at OIRS


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