Proboscis Bat

(Rhynchonycteris naso)


Facts

Proboscis Bat IUCN LEAST CONCERN (LC)

 

Facts about this animal

The Proboscis Bat is a small bat, the forearm ranging from 35 to 41 mm in length and weight averaging about 4 g. The back is grizzled brownish to grayish, with two faint whitish stripes on the lower back and rump and the under side of the animal is pale brownish gray. The pelage is soft and dense. The membranes and ears are dark brown. The prominent ears are narrowly rounded. (D.L. Plumpton, J. Knox Jones, Jr. mammalian Species, No 413, 1992).

 

They tend to roost in groups of anything from 3 to 45 in a line one above the other about 2 to 4 cm apart, e.g. on the lower side of a large branch or tree trunk.

Did you know?
That the Proboscis Bat is one of the smallest bats?


 

Factsheet
Class MAMMALIA
Order CHIROPTERA
Suborder MICROCHIROPTERA
Family EMBALLONURIDAE
Name (Scientific) Rhynchonycteris naso
Name (English) Proboscis Bat
Name (French) Chauve-souris à long nez
Name (German) Nasenfledermaus
Name (Spanish) Murciélago narizón, Murciélago narigudo
CITES Status Not listed
CMS Status Not listed

 

 

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Distribution

 


Distribution
Range From Central America to the northern half of South America (Belize, Bolivien, Brasilien, Kolumbien, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Französisch-Guayana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexiko, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad und Tobago, Venezuela)
Habitat Tropical lowland forests, near water
Wild population Unknown, but these are common bats and fairly easy to see roosting over or beside water during the day (Red List IUCN 2011).
Zoo population None reported to ISIS (2007)

In the Zoo

Proboscis Bat

 

How this animal should be transported

For air transport, Container Note 77 of the IATA Live Animals Regulations should be followed.

 

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Why do zoos keep this animal

Proboscis bats are not threatened in the wild and are hardly ever kept by zoos.