Was the flying-fox Pteropus Comorensis on Mafia Island (Tanzania) introduced by Humans?

  • Anthony S Cheke


While there is no firm evidence either way, the fact of long cultural contact and that birds and lizards have been introduced by Comorians to Mafia and other East African islands, suggests that the flying-fox Pteropus comorensis is more likely to have been introduced to Mafia Island by humans than to have arrived there by itself as generally assumed.

Keywords: Comoros, Zanzibar, Unguja, fruit-bat, Pteropus comorensis, trans-oceanic

Journal of East African Natural History 100(1&2): 59–68 (2011)

Author Biography

Anthony S Cheke
139 Hurst Street, Oxford OX4 1HE, UK

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eISSN: 1026-1613
print ISSN: 0012-8317