A recent collection of bats from northern Sulawesi (Celebes), Halmahera and Bacan (Batjan), Indonesia, contains representatives of three macroglossine genera. A specimen of Eonycteris rosenbergii (Jentink, 1889) from northern Sulawesi — a species previously known only from the immature type specimen — together with an additional, previously unreported specimen confirms the diagnostic value of the absence of the third lower molar. The validity of this taxon has been questioned by several authors, who suggested that E. rosenbergii is based on an anomalous specimen of E. spelaea (Dobson, 1871). Other material of Eonycteris from Sulawesi, referable to spelaea, is discussed, with the first record for the island of Muna (Moena), and comparative notes are given on populations from other parts of the species' range. An outsize Syconycteris Matschie, 1899 from Halmahera is described here as a new species, constituting the first record of the genus for the north Moluccas. Finally, a series of Macroglossus minimus (Geoffroy, 1810) from Halmahera and Bacan represents the first record of this species for these islands.

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Rozendaal, F.G. (1984). Notes on macroglossine bats from Sulawesi and the Moluccas, Indonesia, with the description of a new species of Syconycteris Matschie, 1899 from Halmahera (Mammalia: Megachiroptera). Zoologische Mededelingen, 58(13), 187–212.