| These are far from the tiniest bats, but an individual at the top of the weight range weighs only about half an ounce (18 g). Unlike many bats, they have hairy legs and feet and small, hairy tail membranes, which undoubtedly collect pollen - to eat, but also to spread from plant to plant. They have long, narrow muzzles and no lower incisor teeth, which probably helps them stick their tongues way into a blossom to gather nectar. They also eat insects and fruit.
These bats are found in lowland forests and fruit groves and at elevations as high as 2,500 meters. They roost in caves and tunnels; about 75 were counted roosting in small clusters in one tunnel.
Head and Body: 58-73 mm
Gray, J. E., 1838. Magazine of Zoology and Botany (Jardine), 2:490.
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