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Diclidurus albus

Northern Ghost Bat
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Family: Emballonuridae
Genus: Diclidurus
Species: D. albus
Binomial name
Diclidurus albus
Wied-Neuwied, 1820
Northern Ghost Bat range

The Northern Ghost Bat or ' Diclidurus albus, is a bat species from South America, Trinidad, and Central America. It is a relatively rare, completely white, insectivorous bat, with an unusual sac at the base of its tail. Specimens have been found infected with rabies in Trinidad.

Habitat

Roosts can be found in caves, deep rock crevices, and old mines. Although ghost bats prefer to roost in colonies they currently only roost in small groups at best; this is due to a lack of roosting sites that support larger colonies. It is unusual for there to be a colony of more than 100 bats in one location. It often roosts singly under palm leaves.

References

  • Chiroptera Specialist Group 1996. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 26 October 2008.
  • Greenhall, Arthur M. 1961. Bats in Agriculture. A Ministry of Agriculture Publication. Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Infonatura
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