Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, North American Mammals
Search the Archive

  Chiroptera · Phyllostomidae · Hylonycteris underwoodi
   Smithsonian Institution
   Copyright Notice
   Privacy Notice
Hylonycteris underwoodi

Underwood's Long-tongued Bat

Order: Chiroptera
Family: Phyllostomidae


Conservation Status: Least Concern.

This small bat eats nectar, fruit, pollen, and insects, and is fairly common in evergreen forests. It has also been seen in deciduous forests. It roosts in small caves and culverts. The Dark Long-tongued Bat (Lichonycteris obscura) is very similar-looking, but its wings attach to its feet and the wings of this bat attach to its ankles.

Long-tongued bats have long, tapering muzzles. The lower jaw is longer than the upper jaw. Births have been recorded in both the wet season, from August to November, and the dry season, from February through April.

Range: Head and Body: 48-60 mm; Tail: 7-11 mm

Range: 6-12 g


Thomas, O., 1903. Annals and Magazine of Natural History, ser. 7, 11:287.


Mammal Species of the World

Mammalian Species, American Society of Mammalogists' species account

Distribution of Hylonycteris underwoodi