Buying through your teeth: traditional currency and conservation of flying foxes Pteropus spp. in Solomon Islands

  title={Buying through your teeth: traditional currency and conservation of flying foxes Pteropus spp. in Solomon Islands},
  author={Tyrone H. Lavery and John Fasi},
  pages={505 - 512}
Abstract Globally, island bats are vulnerable to subsistence hunting, with widespread population declines, local extirpations and extinctions. Bats are important to the ecological functioning of remote oceanic islands, and thus the sustainable management of hunting of flying foxes Pteropus spp. is a conservation priority in the Pacific. In Solomon Islands people hunt flying foxes for bushmeat and their canine teeth, which are used as traditional currency. The value of teeth potentially… 

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  • G. Forth
  • Sociology
    Journal of Ethnobiology
  • 2021
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