From Chiapas, Mexico, south through Central America across northern South America to the edge of Amazonian Brazil and Peru, and in Atlantic coastal forest, stopping at the Auricaria zone. Though widely spread in Central and South America, the genus does not occur west of the Andes.

The disk-winged bat (Thyroptera tricolor) clings to the underside of leaves with the suction cups at the ends of its limbs. (Photo by Brock Fenton. Reproduced by permission.)

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