Seba’s Short-tailed Bat, Carollia perspicillata

Seba’s short-tailed bat (Carollia perspicillata) is native to South and Central America, and it was one of the most widespread of bat species in that range. It prefers to live in habitats with arid deciduous and moist evergreen forests. It will roost in colonies numbering between 10 and 100 individuals within hollow trees, caves, and tunnels. Its main diet consists of over 50 species of fruits, but it will also consume insects and pollen. Seba’s short-tailed bat is listed on the IUCN Red List with a conservation Status of “Least Concern”.

Image Caption: A short-tailed fruit bat Carollia perspicillata feeding on a Piper aduncum fruit in a gallery forest in southeastern Brazil. Credit: Desmodus/Wikipedia(CC BY-SA 3.0)