Seeking information on Little red flying fox (Pteropus scapulatus) - foraging and occurrence

As a part of a broader project on Little red flying foxes (LRFFs) with CSIRO (Dr David Westcott as project leader) and the Department of Environment and Science (DES), the Queensland Herbarium is developing 1: 100,000-scale maps of important foraging resources for LRFFs in Queensland.

To do this, we need to understand what plant species they are feeding on, and when. As someone with relevant experience and expertise, we would like to ask about your observations of flying fox (all nectar feeding species, but esp. LRFF) diet and foraging. We are particularly interested in nectar-feeding records, but general information is also useful. General occurrence records (including barbed wire entanglements, etc.) will also assist with temporal aspects of the project.

We are seeking the following information:-

Have you seen nectar feeding in flying foxes? Which: LRFF, unknown Pteropus, Other?

oWhat plant species (if known) were they feeding in?

oWhen?Exact dates are preferred, but even approximate date, month, season, year are useful.

oLocation? (GPS reading, map reference, Regional Ecosystem if known, general area)?

oNumber of animals?What was the level of use (approx. abundance estimate of animals or extent)?

Have you seen ‘significant’ flowering events of flying fox food species (such as Corymbias and Melaleucas)? (i.e., larger than usual or over an extensive area)

Who else should we contact?

For more informationabout the LRFF Resource Distribution Mapping project, please contact anyone from the Queensland Herbarium project team:-

Dr Teresa Eyre Teresa.Eyre@des.qld.gov.au07 3896 9834,

Dr Geoffrey Smith Geoffrey.C.Smith@des.qld.gov.au07 3896 9301

Luke HoganLuke.Hogan@des.qld.gov.au07 3896 9718

Melanie VenzMelanie.Venz@des.qld.gov.au 07 3896 9831