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Molossus aztecus

Aztec Mastiff Bat

Order: Chiroptera
Family: Molossidae

 

Conservation Status: Least Concern.


Bats in the family Molossidae have long, narrow wings and are fast fliers. They cannot maneuver as well as bats with shorter, broader wings, and therefore they tend to fly above dense vegetation and catch insects in flight, leaving the prey within the canopy to other bats. Aztec Mastiff Bats are found at mid- to high elevations, often roosting in hollow trees or houses. Colonies of as many as 300 may roost under a corrugated roof, and are sometimes seen emerging one by one at sunset. They feed mostly on beetles.

Length:
Range: Head and Body: 50-95 mm; Tail: 20-70 mm

Weight:
Range: Usually 10-30 g

References:

Saussure, M.H., 1860. Revue et Magasin de Zoologie Pure et Appliquée, Paris, ser. 2, 12:285.

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Mammal Species of the World

Distribution of Molossus aztecus