Salvin’s Big-eared Bat, Chiroderma salvini

Image Caption: Chiroderma salvini. Credit: Joseph Smit/Wikipedia

Salvin’s big-eared bat (Chiroderma salvini) is a leaf-nosed bat that can be found in many areas including Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, Costa Roca, El Salvador, Ecuador, Panama, and Venezuela. It prefers a habitat within evergreen and semi-deciduous forests, but in can be found in arid areas like savannahs near water sources like streams. This bat is not well known, but it is thought to fly through the canopy or sub-canopy in search of its preferred food type figs.  Its population is thought to be stable, because it is locally common in most areas of its range. It is not known to have any major threats, although more research is required, and it occurs in a few protected areas. Salvin’s big-eared bat appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern.”