Long-Snouted Bat, Platalina genovensium

The long-snouted bat (Platalina genovensium) is a species of leaf-nosed bat that is native to Peru. It is known to roost in caves, bridges, and man made structures. This species is known to feed on nectar and pollen, but will consume cactus flowers when in bloom. There is not much known about the habits of this species, but it is thought to be pregnant during the month of September.

The long-snouted bat is threatened by habitat loss, which affects its habitat and its food sources, although it does occur in some protected areas. The exact population numbers are unknown and it is a rare species that is thought to be declining. Because of this and the extent of habitat destruction that occurs in its range, it appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Near Threatened.”

Image Caption: Long-snouted Bat. Peru. Credit: Juan A. Malo de Molina/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)