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Peropteryx kappleri

Greater Dog-like Bat

Order: Chiroptera
Family: Emballonuridae


Conservation Status: Least Concern.

Females of this species are slightly smaller than males, averaging about 9 g (slightly less than 1/2 ounce) to the males' 11 g (slightly more than half an ounce). Greater Dog-like Bats have long brown fur that extends up between their ears, naked faces, and paler tummies. When they are roosting, small groups of both sexes stack up together in humid places. They have been found roosting under natural bridges, in dead trees, in palm fronds, and in shallow caves. They inhabit forests, swamps, savannahs, and farms. When they are hunting they fly comparatively slowly, within the canopy, pursing flying insects but also probably taking some they find sitting on foliage.

Range: Head and Body: 63-75 mm; Tail: 11-20 mm

Range: 7-13 g


Peters, W., 1867. Monatsberichte Koeniglich Preussiche Akademie Der Wissenschaften. Berlin. 1867:473.


Mammal Species of the World

Distribution of Peropteryx kappleri