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Choeronycteris mexicana



Mexican Long-tongued Bat



Order: Chiroptera
Family: Phyllostomidae

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Mexican long-tongued bat (Choeronycteris mexicana) on left and Mexican long-nosed bat (Leptonycteris nivalis) on right
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Conservation Status: Near Threatened.


Mexican long-tongued bats feed on fruits, pollen, nectar, and probably insects. The populations that summer in the United States migrate to Mexico and northern Central America in winter, following the blooming cycle of plants such as agaves (century plants) and some cacti. They are members of a very diverse, mostly tropical family of leaf-nosed bats, the Phyllostomidae. The nose leaf, which looks like a small triangular bump near the tip of the nose, may help direct the ultrasonic echolocation signals the bat sends through its nostrils.

Also known as:
Hog-nosed Bat

Sexual Dimorphism:
None

Length:
Range: 81-103 mm

Weight:
Range: 10-25 g

References:

Tschudi, J.J., 1844.  Untersuchungen uber die Fauna Peruana. St. Gallen, parts 1-6, p. 72, 262pp.

Links:

Mammal Species of the World (opens in a new window).

Mammalian Species, American Society of Mammalogists' species account *
* PDF reader available here (opens in a new window).

Distribution of Choeronycteris mexicana

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Choeronycteris mexicana - image shows mother holding infant
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