Plantain Squirrel feeds on Jackfruit

posted in: Fauna, Mammals | 2

The image below shows a Plantain Squirrel (Callosciurus notatus) feeding on the ripening fruit of the Jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus).

PlantainSquirrel-Jackfruit [LianYeeMing]

Flowers are grouped in heads, with the male and female flowers on separate heads. The female flowers develop into large, barrel-shaped fruits, borne on the larger branches and main trunk.

The fruit is compound, made up of numerous individual fruits, each consisting of a large seed and its yellow, fleshy parts that are sweetish The unripe fruit has a white latex. This obviously discourages animals like the squirrel from biting into it. On ripening the latex in the fruit mostly disappears.

The image above shows the squirrel tearing off the fleshy edible parts after breaking into the outer warty green covering.

Lian Yee Ming
15th July 2016


2 Responses

  1. During Chinese New Year I saw a squirrel feeding on a tangerine that someone had dropped, in the botanic gardens. It knew how to peel the fruit open with its hands.

    (Last 2 images)

  2. Good food record.


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