Ectophylla alba. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species e. TA TAen. The Honduran white bat (Ectophylla alba) is a species of bat in the family Phyllostomatidae. The only member of the genus Ectophylla, it is found in Honduras. Familia: Phyllostomidae Subfamilia: Stenodermatinae Tribus: Stenodermatini Genus: Ectophylla Species: Ectophylla alba.
|Published (Last):||8 April 2015|
|PDF File Size:||14.78 Mb|
|ePub File Size:||18.26 Mb|
|Price:||Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]|
With an average length of 3.
Honduran White Bat
True to their name, they have a fluffy white coat. Their ears, face, nose and parts of their legs and wings are bright orange. Almost no hair grows on their black wings. Since their nose protrudes from their face in a triangular shape, scientists call members of their family “leaf-nosed bats.
Honduran white bats live only in the lowland rainforests of eastern Honduras, northern Nicaragua, eastern Costa Rica and western Panama. They live in rainforests that have heliconia plants. By cutting along ectopjylla veins of heliconia leaves, these bats force the leaves to collapse into upside-down V-shaped “tents” that might shelter only one bat, or as many as twelve bats.
When they roost, they hang close together upside down in the center of the leaf. The tents help protect them during the daytime from rain, the hot sun and predators. In fact, the bats choose leaves that are six feet off the ground—high enough etcophylla be out of the reach of terrestrial predators.
Also, the stems of heliconia plants are not very strong, so any predator brushing against the leaf causes the bats’ tent to shake. This alerts the bats to danger and they fly quickly away.
Why do Honduran white bats have bright white coats? Why are they not green like the leaves they hide inside? When the sun shines through the leaves of their tent, it makes the bats’ white coat appear green, making them hard to spot! However, their tent is not home sweet home ecgophylla long. The bats rarely return to the same tent for etophylla than a day.
During the day, Honduran white bats roost under their tents. At night, they emerge to search for food. However, these creatures are not looking to suck your blood—they only eat fruit or vegetation.
Honduran white bat – Wikipedia
Since Honduran white bats live mainly under heliconia leaves, rainforest destruction is a serious threat. For this species to survive, ectoohylla in the Central American lowlands that have heliconia must remain standing.
Natural predators apba include opossums, snakes and other carnivorous animals. Last Updated on September 14, Conservation Status Near Threatened. Fact Honduran white bats are not looking to suck your blood—they are vegetarians!
Forests are home to 80 percent of Earth’s terrestrial biodiversity! We’re preserving habitats for endangered species, conserving wildlife corridors, and saving breeding grounds.
Please join our alliance to keep forests standing: Please leave this field empty.
Ectophylla alba – # | American Society of Mammalogists
The phyllostomid bats, Ectophylla alba and Vampyrum spectrum, in Costa Rica. Selection of roost sites by Honduran white bats, Ectophylla alba Chiroptera: As forests disappear, countless species are threatened with extinction. You Might Also Like