Mexican long-nosed bats

Mexican long-nosed bats

Order : Chiroptera
Family : Phyllostomidae
Subfamily : Glossophaginae
Genus : Leptonycteris

 

Animals in the genus Leptonycteris

Mexican long-nosed bat
Southern long-nosed bat
Facts about the genus Leptonycteris, the Mexican long-nosed bats

Bat biologists have found that Leptonycteris is a species easily disturbed by human activity, fleeing quickly from contact.

Leptonycteris is indeed important in the pollination of paniculate agaves and some cacti, clearly the bat's absence does not prevent reproduction in these plants.

One of the techniques we are using to study the diet of Leptonycteris is to determine the stable (non-radioactive) carbon isotope composition found in bat tissue.

Sanborn's and Mexican long-nosed bats are scheduled to be added to this list in 1988.

The Mexican long-tongued bat (Choeronycteris) has been recorded once in the lower Rio Grande valley, the big long-nosed bat (Leptonycteris) is known in the Big Bend, and the hairy-legged vampire (Diphylla)

As nectarivorous bats absorb sugar in the intestine with an efficiency of almost 100% (Winter, 1998), each Leptonycteris is likely to have ingested 216 g sugar during the 2-month period. (Full text)

The Mexican long-tongued bat (Choeronycteris) has been recorded once in the lower Rio Grande valley, the big long-nosed bat (Leptonycteris) is known in the Big Bend, and the hairy-legged vampire (Diphylla) has been taken but once from near Comstock. (Full text)

Mexican long-nosed bats are very useful as pollinators for agave growers and farmers alike. (Full text)

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