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Enchisthenes hartii

Velvety Fruit-eating Bat

Order: Chiroptera
Family: Phyllostomidae

 

Conservation Status: Least Concern.


The Velvety Fruit-eating Bat is dark chocolate brown and has short, dense fur. It has no tail, a very short uropatagium (tail membrane) and a short, broad nose leaf. This species is poorly known. It is usually found in highland forests or forest edges. It apparently flies through the upper levels of the forest, because it has not been caught in mist nets in the understory. It has, however, been caught in mist nets over water, presumably when it is heading for a drink. As its name suggests, it eats fruit, including figs.

Length:
Range: Head and Body: 55-68 mm

Weight:
Range: 14-18 g

References:

Thomas, O., 1892. Annals and Magazine of Natural History, ser. 6, 10:409.

Links:

Mammal Species of the World

Mammalian Species, American Society of Mammalogists' species account

Distribution of Enchisthenes hartii