Status and distribution of Indian flying fox (Pteropus giganteus) in district Chitrakoot, Uttar Pradesh, India
Surya Kant Chaturvedi, Shivani Singh
Present work dealt the ecological status census and various ecological parameters of Indian flying fox (Pteropusgiganteus) from March, 2015 to February 2017 at the various roosting sites in Chitrakoot district discussed. Five roosting sites have been recognized on the basis of ecological condition and fruit bats abundance. This major survey was conducted during summer winter and monsoon seasons during March 2015 and Feb 2017. In present investigations it was also recorded that they are frugivorous or nectarivorous, i.e., they feed on fruits or lick nectar from flower while ingesting fruits, these bats expel waste that pollinates and disperse seeds and lives in tropical forest, fruits gardens and swamps, near bodies of water. Climate of Chitrakoot play an important role to flourish the population and species so the investigation envisaged the future demand of the specific species. This work will establish the study area as an important habitat for the conservation of Chiropterans.