Bats in the family Pteropodidae, known as fruit bats, feed mainly on nectar and fruit (5), and members of the genus Pteropus fly to fruit trees to feed at dusk. Fruit bats obtain fruit juices by squeezing pieces of fruit pulp in their mouths, swallowing the juice and spitting out the pulp and seeds. They are also likely to chew flowers to obtain the juices and pollen. Flying foxes have been shown to have a key role in pollination and seed dispersal for many plant species (4).
Unlike many other bats, fruit bats such as Temminck's flying fox lack echolocation, so rely on eyesight and smell to find their way around in the dark. They also often climb through trees, using the claws on their wings as feet to grip the branches (3).
Most fruit bats are between 6 and 18 months old when they first breed, and births in the genus Pteropus are usually highly synchronised, with the females giving birth to a single young once a year (4) (5). This species has been found not to occur in large colonies, instead sticking to smaller social groups (1).