Scientific Name
Macroglossus minimus
Global Conservation Status (IUCN)
Least Concern

Data Sheet

Dagger-toothed long-nosed fruit bats primarily drink nectar from large blossoms. They pollinate banana, mangrove apple, durian, and eucalyptus trees among many others as they visit flowers for nectar. These bats also eat pollen, and in some regions they may also eat fruits

Fun Fact: Adult males of this species have a pink V-shaped chest gland that produces a strong musky odor. 

Appearance: This bat has short brown fur that is lighter on the ventral side of the body. Dagger-toothed long-nosed fruit bats weigh between 16 – 21 grams and have a wingspan of about 15 cm. One way to distinguish this species from the slightly larger Macroglossus sobrinus is by nostril shape, as M. minimus nostrils are separated by a deep grove that extends to the lip.  

Habitat: Dagger-toothed long-nosed fruit bats inhabit forests including mangroves, rainforests, swamps, and woodlands, and they may also live in urban gardens or plantations. They usually roost in trees, alone or in small groups, sometimes under loose bark or leaves. Dagger-toothed long-nosed fruit bats prefer forests with diverse tree species.  

Conservation Concerns: The dagger-toothed long-nosed fruit bat is currently listed as Least Concern by the IUCN. These bats are threatened by habitat loss, and they are hunted in some regions.