| Long-tongued bats can put their tongues deep into flowers to reach the nectar and pollen. They need tropical habitats where there are flowers year-round and plants with flowers that open at night. Because their feeding flights take them from plant to plant, they are important pollinators of hundreds of plant species. Some plants depend entirely on bats. Hairlike bumps [papillae] on the tip of this bat’s tongue, which point back toward its throat, and dense, long whiskers around the mouth undoubtedly help its food-gathering activities.
This very small bat is poorly known. It inhabits deciduous forests, forests where some trees are green year-round, and plantations. Its fur is bicolored: the hairs are pale next to the bat’s body and dark gray-brown on the ends.
Head and Body: 47-58 mm; Tail: 5-11 mm
Thomas, O., 1903. Annals and Magazine of Natural History, ser. 7, 11:288.
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