| Bats’ scientific names are often a clue to their appearance. Centurio senex is a good example. The Latin word centurio refers to the number 100. Senex, which is also Latin, means old person. The naturalist who named this bat, in 1842, thought it looked like a 100-year-old man because of its wrinkled face. These medium-sized, fruit-eating bats flutter like big butterflies when they fly. They have very narrow throats, leading scientists to suspect that they suck, rather than bite, fruit pulp. They have been seen near fig trees, and probably prefer (or need) soft, mushy fruit. In the daytime, they have been spotted roosting in thick vines. They inhabit a variety of kinds of forest and at night, have been caught in mist nets over water.
Head and Body: 54-68 mm
Gray, J. E., 1842. Annals and Magazine of Natural History, ser. 1, 10:259.
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