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Sturnira lilium

Little Yellow-shouldered Bat

Order: Chiroptera
Family: Phyllostomidae

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Conservation Status: Least Concern.

These small, stocky bats are important seed dispersers. If they eat a fruit that has just one seed, they chew off the fruit and drop the seed. If the fruit has many tiny seeds, those pass quickly through the bat’s digestive system. Either way, the seeds are spread to new sprouting places. In addition to fruit, they eat nectar, and lick off the pollen that collects on their hairy legs when they are visiting blossoms.

Little Yellow-shouldered Bats are abundant in lowland forests. They have been found roosting in caves, tunnels, and under bridges, but it may prefer other roosts that have not been identified.

Range: Head and Body: 54-65 mm

Range: 13-18 g


Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, É., 1810. Annales Muséum National D'Histoire Naturelle, Paris. 15:181.


Mammal Species of the World

Mammalian Species, American Society of Mammalogists' species account

Distribution of Sturnira lilium