Common tube-nosed bat
Common tube-nosed bats are a type of flying fox or fruit bat.
70-80cm body length, forearm 6cm, weight up to 45g.
Common tube-nosed bats have large, rounded heads; large eyes; and prominent, long, tubular nostrils extending sideways. The fur is soft and long, grey-brown above and darker along the mid-back. The underparts are yellowish white; the neck and sides are tinged with yellow-orange; and wings and ears speckled with irregular yellow spots.
They inhabit forests of Moluccas, New Guinea, Admiralty and Solomon Islands; Cape York peninsula, Australia.
They feed on rainforest fruits and blossom.
By day these bats roost singly on tree trunks or hanging from branches, well concealed by their protective coloration. They appear to mimic dead leaves when roosting. The spots on the wings and ears look like splattered paint. At night, tube-nosed bats feed on soft fruits and nectar, while either hovering in front of the blossoms or climbing among flower clusters. Their peculiar nostrils may be an adaptation to their feeding habits or assist in directional location of fruit.
They are not listed by the IUCN.