The Spectacled Flying-fox has distinctive straw-coloured fur which surrounds the eyes. The species can also have varying amounts of the same pale fur on the shoulders and the head. Eye-rings of some individuals can be indistinct, making them look similar to Black Flying-foxes (Pteropus alecto) (Hall & Richards 2000). The head and body ranges between 220-240 mm in length. Forearm length and weight range is 160-180 mm and 580-850 g for males, and 155-175 mm and 500-650 g for females (Richards & Spencer 1998).
The species was long assumed assumed to feed primarily on rainforest species (Richards 1990) but individuals regularly feed on a wide variety of non-rainforest species, including eucalypts (Eucalyptus spp., Corymbia spp.) in tall open forests adjoining rainforest communities and in tropical woodland and savanna ecosystems (Parsons et al. 2006). The Mabi Forest (Complex Notophyll Vine Forest 5b) is considered a key habitat for the Spectacled Flying-fox (WWF 2003).
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