Pteropodidae – Old World fruit bats

Meet the Megabats, the flying foxes with a sweet tooth for fruit

Megabats or fruitbats earned the name ‘flying fox’ due to their dog- or fox-like faces. Unlike other bats, they have a claw on their second digit. They are the largest bats of their order, with the greater- and giant golden-crowned flying fox weighing up to 1.6 kg (3 pounds) with a wingspan of up to 1.7m (5.6 ft)

These bats are adapted to fly over large distances in search of food, with their large lung capacities and sustained heart rates of over 700 bpm! They cannot echolocate and are not hunters; instead, they rely on their eyesight and sense of smell to find fruit and nectar in their tropical and subtropical environments.