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Glossophaga leachii

Gray's Long-tongued Bat

Order: Chiroptera
Family: Phyllostomidae


Conservation Status: Least Concern.

Long-tongued bats have long muzzles and tongues they can stick way out to poke into a flower. Most feed the way hummingbirds do, by hovering in front of a flower. They eat nectar and pollen, foods that do not require chewing, and have such tiny incisor teeth a magnifying glass is needed to see them. Gray’s seems to prefer relatively dry habitats, but little is know about its lifestyle. It is known to roost in caves, buildings, and culverts, and pregnant females have been netted carrying a single young (not twins).

Range: Head and Body: 47-60 mm; Tail: 4-10 mm

Range: 9-11 g


Gray, J. E., 1844. Mammalia, in Zool. Voy. "Sulfur". 1:18.


Mammal Species of the World

Mammalian Species, American Society of Mammalogists' species account

Distribution of Glossophaga leachii