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Musonycteris harrisoni

Banana Bat

Order: Chiroptera
Family: Phyllostomidae


Conservation Status: Vulnerable.

Also sometimes known as trumpet-nosed bats, Banana Bats have strikingly long jaws with a perky nose leaf at the tip. They have long, bristle-covered tongues for gathering nectar, and fewer, smaller teeth than insect-eating bats. Individuals have been netted in banana groves when the trees were in bloom. They probably also eat pollen and some soft-bodied insects.

Range: Head and Body: 70-79 mm; Tail: 8-12 mm


Schaldach, W.J., Jr., & C.A. McLaughlin. 1960. Los Angeles County Museum Contributions in Science, 37:3.


Mammal Species of the World

Mammalian Species, American Society of Mammalogists' species account

Distribution of Musonycteris harrisoni