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Macrophyllum macrophyllum

Long-legged Bat

Order: Chiroptera
Family: Phyllostomidae


Conservation Status: Least Concern.

These little bats have long legs, a long tail, and long feet with large claws. They eat invertebrates - water striders, spiders, and beetles - that they find on the surface of streams or other bodies of water. They may use their big claws to trawl for prey rather than grabbing these food items by mouth. Long-legged Bats have been caught in mist nets stretched over streams in mature lowland forests and have been found roosting in buildings, caves, and culverts.

Range: Head and Body: 41-53 mm; Tail: 37-53 mm

Range: 7-10 g


Schinz, H.R., 1821. Das Thierreich eingetheilt nach dem Bau der Thiere als Grundlage ihrer Naturgeschichte, 1:163.


Mammal Species of the World

Mammalian Species, American Society of Mammalogists' species account

Distribution of Macrophyllum macrophyllum