Greater dogfaced bat

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Peropteryx kappleri

TAXONOMY

Peropteryx kappleri Peters, 1867, Suriname.

OTHER COMMON NAMES English: Greater doglike bat.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Head and body length 2.5-2.9 in (63-75 mm); forearm 1.8-1.9 in (45-50 mm); weight 0.24-0.46 oz (7-13 g). Dorsal fur dark or reddish brown, head with distinct tuft on crown, ears black, wing and tail membrane black; males possess small sacs in the front wing membrane.

DISTRIBUTION

From Veracruz, Mexico, to east Brazil and Peru; from lowlands to up to 4,920 ft (1,500 m) in elevation.

HABITAT

Inhabits lowland evergreen forests; daytime roosts in small caves and under fallen logs within close distance to the ground.

BEHAVIOR

Males sit on top of females. This roosting behavior implies a form of mate-guarding; thus, a monogamous mating system is most likely for this species. However, has also been found to roost in larger groups and not in close body contact.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Forage in long beats of 66-98 ft (20-30 m) in the subcanopy. The diet consists of insects. Echolocation calls vary between 30 and 35 kHz.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Monogamous. A single pup is born at the beginning of the rainy season.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Not threatened.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

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