Peropteryx kappleri Peters, 1867, Suriname.
OTHER COMMON NAMES English: Greater doglike bat.
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.
From Veracruz, Mexico, to east Brazil and Peru; from lowlands to up to 4,920 ft (1,500 m) in elevation.
Inhabits lowland evergreen forests; daytime roosts in small caves and under fallen logs within close distance to the ground.
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.
Monogamous. A single pup is born at the beginning of the rainy season.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦
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