Jump to Main Content
The occurrence of the Peale's free-tailed bat (Nyctinomops aurispinosus, Molossidae) in Central America.
- Espinal, Mario, Mora, José M., OReilly, Carlos M.
- Caribbean journal of science 2016 v.49 no.1 pp. 79-82
- Molossidae, cattle, forests, humans, infrastructure, males, ranching, sea level, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Honduras, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela
- The Peale's free-tailed bat (Nyctinomops aurispinosus) is found in Sonora and Tamaulipas (Mexico) and in South America (Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, and Brazil) but there are no records from Central America. Known altitudinal range of this bat is from sea level to 3,150 m; most known records are from below 1,000 masl. We report the occurrence of Nyctinomops aurispinosus in Central America based on a recently dead male found in southern Honduras. The nearest localities where it has been reported are western Sonora and eastern Tamaulipas, México. The specimen was found at 1,239 masl on December 5ᵗʰ, 2014 in a disturbed oak-pine forest used for cattle ranching with some human infrastructure recently built in the site. We have registered several other species of bats in this study site, including N. laticaudatus, Eumops underwoodi, four vespertilionids and three mormoopids, most of them difficult to catch by mist nets. We add a new bat species to the Honduras list which now stands at 108 species.