Comoros: World's rarest bat on brink of extinction after surge in habitat disturbance

Widespread deforestation is causing severe population decline in the little-known Livingstone’s fruit bat (Pteropus livingstonii), a new study has found.

The rare bat is found only on two small islands of Anjouan and Mohéli in the Comoros archipelago, off the southeast coast of Africa, where its population is down to about 1,200 individuals, researchers report in the study published in Oryx. These few individuals are distributed across 21 roost sites on the islands, most of which are threatened by habitat loss.

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