Pygmy Fruit-eating Bat, Artibeus phaeotis

The pygmy fruit-eating bat (Artibeus phaeotis) is a species that is native to Central America. It resides in tropical deciduous forests in a range that includes southern areas of North America and northern areas of South America. It has been seen foraging at altitudes of up to 3937 feet, but it is  more common at lower altitudes.

The pygmy fruit-eating bat is typically dark brown or grey brown in color, with medium sized ears that can be framed with white fur. It can reach an average body length of up to 2.3 inches, and weigh approximately .2 to .5 ounces.

As is typical to bat species, the pygmy fruit-eating bat is nocturnal. During the day, it frequently manipulates palm and banana tree leaves into tents that it rests under. It breeds seasonally and can have a pregnancy period that can last up to 120 days or longer if fertilization is delayed.

The main diet of the pygmy fruit-eating bat consists of fruit, but it will eat insects and pollen. Even though it is not densely populated throughout its range, it is high in number, and it appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern”.

Image Caption: Pygmy Fruit-eating Bat, Artibeus phaeotis, feeding on Piper arboleum. Credit: Felineora/Wikipedia(CC BY-SA 3.0)