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Rhynchonycteris naso

Proboscis Bat

Order: Chiroptera
Family: Emballonuridae

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Conservation Status: Least Concern.


This tiny, long-nosed bat typically forages for small flying insects such as mosquitoes, fluttering near the surface of lakes, rivers, or slow-moving streams to find its prey. Proboscis Bats usually roost near or over water, often positioning themselves in a single, vertical row on a tree trunk, which makes them hard to see. Sexually mature females bear one young per year, in the spring when the rainy season is starting. Although they are in the family Emballonuridae, Proboscis Bats do not have wing sacs.

Length:
Range: Head and Body: 36-48 mm; Tail: 11-17 mm

Weight:
Range: 3-6 g

References:

Wied-Neuwied, M., 1820. Reise nach Brasilien in den Jahren 1815 bis 1817. 1:251.

Links:

Mammal Species of the World

Mammalian Species, American Society of Mammalogists' species account

Distribution of Rhynchonycteris naso