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Chiroderma salvini

Salvin's Big-eyed Bat

Order: Chiroptera
Family: Phyllostomidae


Conservation Status: Least Concern.

These are fairly large, stocky bats with thick, dark brown fur. They have narrow, whitish stripes on their backs and faces, short muzzles, long, U-shaped tail membranes, and big eyes. (All bats can see, but many have very tiny eyes.) Their habits are poorly known, but they probably eat figs and other fruits. They have been seen at elevations of 600 to 1,500 meters in forests where some or most of the trees are green year-round, and in the dry season, have been caught in mist nets near streams. In captivity, they are very noisy, emitting squeals and chirps that are audible to human ears.

Range: Head and Body: 70-87 mm

Range: 30-36 g


Dobson, G.E., 1878. Catalogue of the chiroptera in the collection of the British Museum (Natural History), London p. 532.


Mammal Species of the World

Distribution of Chiroderma salvini