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Peropteryx macrotis

Lesser Dog-like Bat

Order: Chiroptera
Family: Emballonuridae


Conservation Status: Least Concern.

Tourists exploring Mayan archaelogical sites may see Lesser Dog-like Bats leave roosts in the ruins and start to forage at about sunset. Groups of up to 80 roost together, hanging vertically on the walls of ruins, churches, caves, or in rock crevices. Usually the roosting site is near water. This bat is smaller than Peropteryx kappleri but otherwise very similar in appearance. Like the sac-winged bats and most other bats in the family Emballonuridae, dog-like bats have glands on their wings that when open emit a powerful scent. These scent glands are probably used by the male to attract females.

Range: Head and Body: 42-53 mm; Tail: 11-15 mm

Range: 4-7 g


Wagner, 1843. Archiv für Naturgeschicthe. ser. 9, 1:367.


Mammal Species of the World

Distribution of Peropteryx macrotis