Significance to humans

Old World fruit bats are often the major pollinators of a particular region. Removal of these bats can actually harm agriculture. At the same time fruit bats are viewed as pests that destroy crops. In at least one case this has been demonstrated not to be true; the bats were being blamed for damage caused mainly by monkeys. More study needs to be done on this issue. Old World fruit bats are exploited commercially as meat in some parts of their range.

1. Wahlberg's epauletted fruit bat (Epomophorus wahlbergi); 2. Indian fruit bat (Cynopterus sphinx); 3. Egyptian rousette (Rousettus aegyptiacus); 4. Golden-crowned flying fox (Acerodon jubatus); 5. Dwarf epauletted fruit bat (Micropteropus pusillus); 6. Hammer-headed fruit bat (Hypsignathus monstrosus); 7. Singing fruit bat (Epomops franqueti); 8. Straw colored fruit bat (Eidolon helvum). (Illustration by Brian Cressman)

1. Greater long-tongued fruit bat (Macroglossus sobrinus); 2. Southern blossom bat (Syconycteris australis); 3. Queensland tube-nosed bat (Nyc-timene robinsoni); 4. Dawn fruit bat (Eonycteris spelaea); 5. Dyak fruit bat (Dyacopterus spadiceus); 6. Harpy fruit bat (Harpyionycteris whitehead!); 7. African long-tongued fruit bat (Megaloglossus woermanni). (Illustration by Brian Cressman)

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