GALAPAGOS HOARY BAT FACTS

  • Scientific Name:
    Lasiurus cinereus
  • Family:
    Vespertilionidae
  • Size:
    Small (length of forearm: 55 mm / 2.1 in)
Hoary Bat

Locally common throughout the archipelago.

Identification:

Short, blunt head and ears, no nose-leaf, and thickly-furred tail membrane. Considerably larger than the Galapagos Red Bat. A large bat that tends to fly high off the ground, usually above 8 m, with a strong, fast flight and slow wing beats. Fur light brown, with white 'frosting' and a white throat.

Behavior:

Like the Galapagos Bat, roosts in trees in sheltered places, especially in mangroves and along forest edges; usually occurring singly. Occasionally forages around street lights in towns.

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