Great Fruit-Eating Bat, Artibeus lituratus

The great fruit-eating bat (Artibeus lituratus) is a species of leaf-nosed bat that can be found in Central and South America. Its range extends from Brazil and Argentina to Mexico and includes Barbados, Grenada, Saint Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago, among other areas. It prefers a habitat in forests and other natural areas. It can reach an average body length of 2.2 ounces. This species has a stable population, although it is slightly threatened by habitat destruction due to deforestation. It is found in protected areas, and if any conservation efforts are needed, it is thought that they should focus on decreasing habitat loss. The great fruit-eating bat appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern.â€

Image Caption: Great Fruit-eating Bat (Artibeus lituratus), Gamboa, Panama. Credit: Brian Gratwicke/Wikipedia (CC BY 2.0)