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Bauerus dubiaquercus

Van Gelder's Bat

Order: Chiroptera
Family: Vespertilionidae

 

Conservation Status: Near Threatened.


This bat would be a welcome addition to an exterminator’s tools if it could be trained, because it readily eats cockroaches and katydids. It has short, broad wings, which lend themselves to maneuverable flight, and probably gleans insects from the ground or from foliage. It is sometimes seen flying low along forest trails in the hour after sunset, but it is not often caught in mist nets, suggesting that it is uncommon. Although it occurs in several different kinds of forest habitats, little is known about where it roosts or other aspects of its life.

Length:
Range: Head and Body: 55-78 mm; Tail: 43-57 mm

Weight:
Range: 10-24 g

References:

Van Gelder, R.G., 1959. American Museum Novitates, 1973:2.

Links:

Mammal Species of the World

Mammalian Species, American Society of Mammalogists' species account

Distribution of Bauerus dubiaquercus