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Platyrrhinus helleri

Heller's Broad-nosed Bat

Order: Chiroptera
Family: Phyllostomidae


Conservation Status: Least Concern.

Heller’s Broad-nosed Bat is fairly small and fairly common in a variety of habitats, including forests where the tall trees are green all year, semi-deciduous forests, forest edges, and fruit groves. These bats have a white stripe on their back from the crown of the head to the rump, white face stripes over and under the eye, and a fringe of white hairs on the tail membrane. The white may make them less visible to predators such as snakes when they roost in foliage. Unlike some tropical bats found in foliage, they are not known to make tents. They also roost in caves, buildings, and tunnels, usually in small groups. In addition to fruit, they eat some insects.

Range: Head and Body: 55-65 mm

Range: 11-21 g


Peters, W., 1866. Monatsberichte Koeniglich Preussiche Akademie Der Wissenschaften, Berlin. 1866:392.


Mammal Species of the World

Mammalian Species, American Society of Mammalogists' species account

Distribution of Platyrrhinus helleri