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Artibeus phaeotis

Pygmy Fruit-eating Bat

Order: Chiroptera
Family: Phyllostomidae


Conservation Status: Least Concern.

As you would expect, Pygmy Fruit-eating Bats are small. They are about the same size as Thomas’s Fruit-eating Bats, and it is very difficult to tell the two apart, especially if they are young - juveniles of both species are pale gray. Both species are common in various kinds of forest, but the pygmy bat seems to choose dryer habitats than Thomas’s. Pygmy Fruit-eating Bats eat fruit, especially figs, and pollen and some insects. They roost in leaf-tents they make by chewing through the veins of a leaf so it collapses like a tiny, green upside-down canoe.

Range: Head and Body: 47-59 mm

Range: 9-15 g


Miller, G.S., Jr., 1902. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, 54:405.


Mammal Species of the World

Mammalian Species, American Society of Mammalogists' species account

Distribution of Artibeus phaeotis