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Myotis albescens

Silver-tipped Myotis

Order: Chiroptera
Family: Vespertilionidae

 

Conservation Status: Least Concern.


The Silver-tipped Myotis has frosted fur: the tips of the dark hairs on its back are white or cream-colored. Its underparts are paler - the fur is grayish under the chin and almost white closer to the legs. This small bat is rare and local in Mexico, but more common in Costa Rica, Panama, and parts of South America. Small groups roost together in caves, hollow trees or logs, among rocks, or in buildings. Because they are not often caught in mist nets, scientists surmise that they hunt for insects high in the canopy or over water.

Length:
Range: Head and Body: 48-62 mm; Tail: 31-39 mm

Weight:
Range: 5-8 g

References:

Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, É., 1806. Annales Muséum National D'Histoire Naturelle, Paris. 8:204.

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Mammal Species of the World

Distribution of Myotis albescens