The Distribution of the World's Fruit Bats

Mariana Fruit Bats at Rota Island

There are nearly 4,500 species of mammals in the world. Almost one quarter of them (about 1,000 species) are bats(the order Chiroptera) .

And they are divided into two suborders,the Megachiroptera and the Microchiroptera.

The suborder Megachiroptera (the Fruit Bats) has only one family,the Pteropodidae,with 42 genera and 150 species or so. They live in subtropical and tropical areas of Africa, India, Southeast Asia, Australia,and all but the easternmost islands of Pacific .

Distribution of Fruit Bats