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Trachops cirrhosus

Fringe-lipped Bat

Order: Chiroptera
Family: Phyllostomidae


Conservation Status: Least Concern.

Fringe-lipped Bats have long, wart-like bumps around the mouth. They are gleaners, flying low and swooping down to grab frogs, lizards, or insects from leaves or from the ground. They hunt over wet areas, taking their prey by mouth. They apparently use frogs’ calls to avoid poisonous frogs and recognize edible ones. These bats, which have long, wavy, shiny grayish-brown or orangish-brown fur, are fairly common in lowland forests but are seldom seen around farms. Females have a single baby toward the end of the dry season. Maternity colonies of females and their young have been found in deep caves.

Range: Head and Body: 65-88 mm; Tail: 10-20 mm

Range: 24-36 g


Spix, J.B. von, 1823. Simiarum et Vespertilionum Brasiliensium Species Novae, ou histoire naturalle des espèces nouvells de singes et de chauves-souris observées et recuillies pendant le voyage dans l’intériur du Brésil execute par order de S.M.


Mammal Species of the World

Distribution of Trachops cirrhosus