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Lampronycteris brachyotis

Orange-throated Bat

Order: Chiroptera
Family: Phyllostomidae


Conservation Status: Least Concern.

About 300 Orange-throated Bats once inhabited a sea cave in Veracruz, Mexico, but when the surrounding forest was cleared and burned, the bats disappeared. Now only small groups are seen, roosting in caves, mines, hollow trees, or buildings in evergreen and deciduous lowland forests. They eat fruit and all sorts of arthropods, including ants, spiders, beetles, and flies. They are most active for two hours after sunset and then forage again after midnight. The bat’s common name comes from a bright orange patch of fur under its chin.

Range: Head and Body: 48-62 mm; Tail: 7-13 mm

Range: 12-14 g


Dobson, G.E., 1878 [1879]. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London, 1878:880 [1879].


Mammal Species of the World

Distribution of Lampronycteris brachyotis