The fisherman bat Noctilio leporinus

The fisherman bat Noctilio leporinus The fishing bat (Noctilio leporinus) is a species of chiroptera that lives in areas of humid forest, from Mexico to northern Argentina, including the Antilles. Another species of the same genus, the Lesser Fisher Bat (Noctilio albiventris) is an occasional piscivore. There are three species of bats that eat fish and their body is perfectly adapted to fish them. This extraordinary flying mammal goes fishing at night. It measures 13 cm in length and weighs between 40 and 70 grams. The forearm is between 77 and 88 mm long. His hair is very short, although longer in the neck and shoulders; in males the upper coat is red-orange, therefore the females are gray-brown; in the belly lighter in both cases. The membranes of the wings and tail are translucent browns. They have very long tail and legs with respect to other bats. The lips are swollen; the chin has a transverse fold; in the cheeks he has bags to store the food; the pointed and narrow ears are separated. The claws of the hind legs are long, curved, and very compressed laterally, which allows them to ride the water almost without resistance. It feeds mainly on crustaceans, insects and fish, although they also consume other aquatic invertebrates. At dusk they leave their caves and fly quickly to the water, echolocating their prey, trapping them with the interfemoral membrane or the hooked claws of the hind legs, or with both at the same time. They fish during the night. During the day he lives in numerous colonies inside caves or under the branches of dense foliage trees. Three subspecies of Noctilio leporinus are known. In addition there are two other species of bats that feed on fish: Pizonyx Vivesi and the false vampire Megaderma lyra of India. It also eats birds, frogs and other bats. Fuente: Jose Arcesio en YouTube:

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