The Little Red Flying-fox Pteropus scapulatus is the most widely distributed flying-fox in Australia yet is the least studied. An injured female was taken in captivity and gave birth to a male. Careful notes were taken of the development of the young and its relationship with the mother as it grew more independent. Similarities were found between the development of P. scapulatus and that of the Grey-headed Flying-fox P. poliocephalus. Maternal behaviour was similar to that described for Pteropus in the wild.
The maternal behaviour and development of a Little Red Flying-fox Pteropus scapulatus in captivity
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Eva Gonzales, Robert Close; The maternal behaviour and development of a Little Red Flying-fox Pteropus scapulatus in captivity. Australian Zoologist 1 June 1999; 31 (1): 175–180. doi: https://doi.org/10.7882/AZ.1999.017
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