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Ghost-faced Bat Mormoops megalophylla


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Ghost-faced Bat
credit: Alex Borisenko, Biodiversity Institute of Ontario/CCSA

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Family: Mormoopidae, Leaf-chinned Bats view all from this family

Description Bizarre-looking face with wartlike protuberances on nose and leaflike appendages on chin. Dorsal fur long and lax, with each hair containing four different color zones, the second of which tends to be reddish in mature adults. Forearm 46-56mm.

Dimensions 73-98mm, 20-28mm, 15-16g

Warning Bats are susceptible to rabies, a serious viral disease that results in death if untreated. Rabid bats rarely attack humans or other animals, but bats found lying on the ground may be rabid. Never touch or pick up any bat. Stay away from any animal that seems to be acting strangely and report it to animal-control officers. If you are bitten by a possibly rabid animal, you must immediately consult a doctor for a series of injections; there is no cure once symptoms emerge.

Habitat Canyons & caves, Deserts, Forests & woodlands

Range Southwest, Texas

Discussion Widely distributed in riparian zones in arid lands up to 3000m.