Order : Chiroptera
Family : Emballonuridae
Genus : Coleura
Facts about the genus Coleura, the sheath-tailed bats
5 grams References : M1, M2 Sheath-tailed Bats are
Full-grown adult Sheath-tailed bats are smaller in size than baby Mariana fruit bats, the only other bat native to the CNMI.
Sheath-tailed bats are found worldwide in tropical and subtropical regions.
Sheath-tailed Bats are small insectivorous bats weighing only about five grams and with a wingspan of nine inches.
There is a polytomy at the base of Emballonura + Coleura, indicating Emballonura may be paraphyletic if Coleura is excluded.
When logging produces gaps and modifies the primary condition of the forests, some insectivorous bats of the canopy (free-tailed or mastiff bats and sheath-tailed bats) are able to move down to feed in the understory where they catch a high number of insects displaced by forest disturbance.
Sheath-tailed bats are visually alert while roosting during the day. (Full text)