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Lophostoma brasiliense

Pygmy Round-eared Bat

Order: Chiroptera
Family: Phyllostomidae


Conservation Status: Least Concern.

These small bats with huge, round ears are apparently widespread in forests and orchards, but little is known about their habits. They have been found roosting in tree termite nests in Trinidad, and those that have been trapped in mist nets were usually caught soon after sunset. Because they have short, broad wings, it is safe to assume that they can fly slowly through dense vegetation in their search for insects. They probably snatch their prey by mouth from leaves or from the ground rather than pursuing flying insects.

Range: Head and Body: 42-61 mm; Tail: 5-10 mm

Range: 7-13 g


Peters, W., 1866 [1867]. Monatsberichte Koeniglich Preussiche Akademie Der Wissenschaften, Berlin. 1866:674 [1867].


Mammal Species of the World

Distribution of Lophostoma brasiliense