Locally common throughout the archipelago.
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.
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.