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Chrotopterus auritus

Woolly False Vampire Bat

Order: Chiroptera
Family: Phyllostomidae

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Conservation Status: Least Concern.


These big bats are carnivores. They catch and eat small mammals and birds and occasionally reptiles, frogs, and insects. Because they take their prey to a night roost to eat it, and leave droppings, it is possible to analyze their diets. One study found small rodents to be their major food. They roost in caves and hollow trees, where small groups that seem to be families, consisting of an adult pair and some younger bats, cluster together. These bats are usually found in mature evergreen forests, and occasionally in deciduous forests, but are uncommon to rare throughout their range.

Length:
Range: Head and Body: 93-113 mm; Tail: 6-15 mm

Weight:
Range: 61-92 g

References:

Peters, W., 1856. Abhandlungen der Akademie der Wissenschaften, Berlin. 1856:305.

Links:

Mammal Species of the World

Mammalian Species, American Society of Mammalogists' species account

Distribution of Chrotopterus auritus