Molossidae

Class Mammalia Order Chiroptera Suborder Microchiroptera Family Molossidae

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Free-tailed and mastiff bats, with a thick tail extending well beyond the tail membrane and long, narrow wings adapted for rapid flight in open airspace; a broad snout, often with wrinkles, which projects well over the lower lip; ears usually somewhat flattened and stiff, lying low over the head, and tilted forward; body covered with short, dense fur

Size

Small- to large-sized with forearms ranging 1.1-3.4 in (2.7-8.5 cm) in length and weighing 0.2-3.8 oz (5-167 g)

Number of genera, species

12 genera; 90 species

Habitat

Tropical, subtropical, and warmer temperate regions; arid as well as moist, forested habitats

Conservation status

Critically Endangered: 3 species; Endangered: 1 species; Vulnerable: 15 species; Lower Risk/Near Threatened: 21 species; Data Deficient: 4 species

Distribution

Throughout the warmer parts of the world, on all continents except Antarctica, on the Malay Archipelago and southern Pacific islands east to Fiji, and throughout much of the Caribbean

Distribution

Throughout the warmer parts of the world, on all continents except Antarctica, on the Malay Archipelago and southern Pacific islands east to Fiji, and throughout much of the Caribbean

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