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Promops centralis

Big Crested Mastiff Bat

Order: Chiroptera
Family: Molossidae


Conservation Status: Least Concern.

Big Crested Mastiff Bats have been found roosting in small groups under palm leaves or tree bark, in tree hollows, and under roof tiles. These fairly large bats are not common anywhere, but inhabit various types of low and high elevation forests, and also clearings and settled areas. They have thick, velvety fur and get the name “crested” from the way the fur grows where their ears meet. They have narrow wings - good for chasing insects at high speed - and long, stout tails that project for some distance beyond the tail membrane.

Range: Head and Body: 56-88 mm; Tail: 45-62 mm

Range: 18-25 g


Thomas, O., 1915. Annals and Magazine of Natural History, ser. 8, 16:62.


Mammal Species of the World

Distribution of Promops centralis