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Cave nectar bat (Eonycteris spelaea, Pteropodidae); durian polli

A cave nectar bat (Eonycteris spelaea) pollinating durian flowers in Thailand. Durian fruits sell for billions of dollars annually in SE Asia, but every flower must be pollinated by a bat in order to set fruit. Cave nectar bats are its primary bat pollinators. These bats traditionally formed large colonies in caves but are in alarming decline in most areas, often overharvested for human consumption or killed during careless limestone extraction. This poses a direct threat to durian production, as well as to a variety of other important products.

MDTTH46754PZ658x10 printAsiaCave nectar bat Eonycteris spelaeaDurian pollinationHat YaiPrince Songkhla UniversityPteropodidaeSongkhla ProvinceThailandbatch 5