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Mimon crenulatum

Striped Hairy-nosed Bat

Order: Chiroptera
Family: Phyllostomidae

 

Conservation Status: Least Concern.


As you would guess, this bat has a stripe - a pale stripe running down its back - and not a hairy nose, but a hairy nose leaf. This bat’s long, broad face ornament is unique in being serrated and having hairy sides. Nose leaves probably help bats send out their echolocation calls, but why its being hairy - or serrated - would make a difference is a mystery.

These bats are rare. They live in forests and cleared land near forests, roost in small groups, and eat mostly beetles. Some flies, moths, and small lizards are also included in their diet.

Length:
Range: Head and Body: 55-69 mm; Tail: 15-29 mm

Weight:
Range: 1-18 g

References:

Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, É., 1803. In "Mammalia", Catalogue des mammifères du Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, 272 pp. pg 61.

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Mammal Species of the World

Distribution of Mimon crenulatum