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Phyllostomus discolor

Pale Spear-nosed Bat

Order: Chiroptera
Family: Phyllostomidae

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Conservation Status: Least Concern.

Small groups of Pale Spear-nosed Bats often come together in roosts that contain as many as 400 bats. The small groups - some are harems of one male and about 12 females, and some are all-male groups - leave the roost together and feed together. After feasting on nectar, pollen, and flower parts, they are often covered with pollen, which they spread as they move from plant to plant. In the wet season they include beetles and other insects in their diet. These bats are widespread in forests near rivers and also in forests where most of the tallest trees are green year-round.

Range: Head and Body: 66-97 mm; Tail: 12-17 mm

Range: 26-51 g


Wagner, 1843. Archiv für Naturgeschicthe, 9(1):366.


Mammal Species of the World

Distribution of Phyllostomus discolor