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Artibeus hirsutus

Hairy Fruit-eating Bat

Order: Chiroptera
Family: Phyllostomidae


Conservation Status: Least Concern.

Scientists studying captive Hairy Fruit-eating Bats watched them pant to cool off when it was hot, and measured their respiration. When the temperature reached 38 degrees C (100 degrees F) they took 462 breaths per minute. As the temperature fell their breathing slowed. At 5 degrees C (40 degrees F) they took 150 breaths per minute. In the wild, these bats are often seen near fig or mango orchards. Typically they pluck fruit and fly with it to a night roost, where they hang head-down to eat. They are found from sea level to elevations of 2,500 m (more than 8,000 feet). They earn the name “hairy” (“hirsutus” means the same thing) because their tail membrane is very furry.

Range: Total Length: 70-80 mm

Range: 32.0-47.2 g (6 females)


Andersen, K., 1906. Annals and Magazine of Natural History, ser. 7, 18:420.


Mammal Species of the World

Mammalian Species, American Society of Mammalogists' species account

Distribution of Artibeus hirsutus