Stenoderma rufum

Red fruit bat
File:Red Fig-eating Bat or Murciélago Frutero Nativo.jpg
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Family: Phyllostomidae
Genus: Stenoderma
Species: S. rufum
Binomial name
Stenoderma rufum
Desmarest, 1820

The red fruit bat or red fig-eating bat (Stenoderma rufum) is a species of bat in the family Phyllostomidae, in the monotypic genus Stenoderma.[2] It is found in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical dry forests. No fruit bats have been spotted or recorded in the US Virgin Islands for the last 30 years.[2]


Three subspecies are recognised:[3]

  • Stenoderma rufum rufum (Desmarest's red fruit bat) - U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Stenoderma rufum anthonyi (Anthony's red fruit bat) - Puerto Rico (fossil)
  • Stenoderma rufum darioi (Valdivieso's red fruit bat) - Puerto Rico

See also

Puerto Rico portal
Biology portal


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