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Uroderma bilobatum

Common Tent-making Bat

Order: Chiroptera
Family: Phyllostomidae

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Conservation Status: Least Concern.

Big banana leaves make good roosts for these bats. So do the leaves of coconut or other palms. The bats chew through the veins of a leaf so that it collapses, forming a tent that shelters from two to several dozen individuals. They also make little “umbrella tents” with smaller leaves. They have not been found using any other roost than leaf-tents. They are fruit-eaters - individuals have been caught carrying small, unripe figs - and may also eat some insects, flower parts, and nectar.

These tailless bats have narrow, whitish stripes on their backs and brighter stripes on their faces. They are common in various kinds of forests and orchards.

Range: Head and Body: 59-69 mm

Range: 13-20 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 Uroderma bilobatum