Pteropus whitmeei (now Pteropus samoensis) - Samoa Flying Fox
The megabat of Samoa is an impressive sight to see, and plays a role in Polynesian mythology, as well as being a food source to native Samoans. On the island of Savai’i, there is a legend of Nafanua, the goddess of war, being rescued by flying foxes when she was stranded on a desolate island.
On a half-related note, the Samoan word for “flying fox”, pe’a, is also the word for the traditional Samoan male tattoo.
Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London. 1874.

Pteropus whitmeei (now Pteropus samoensis) - Samoa Flying Fox

The megabat of Samoa is an impressive sight to see, and plays a role in Polynesian mythology, as well as being a food source to native Samoans. On the island of Savai’i, there is a legend of Nafanua, the goddess of war, being rescued by flying foxes when she was stranded on a desolate island.

On a half-related note, the Samoan word for “flying fox”, pe’a, is also the word for the traditional Samoan male tattoo.

Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London. 1874.

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