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Honduran white bat, Ectophylla alba; Ghost Bat, rare, threatened species,...

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Caption: Honduran white bat, Ectophylla alba; Ghost Bat, rare, threatened species, has snow white fur and a yellow nose and ears. It is tiny, only 3.7-4.7cm long. The only member of the genus Ectophylla, it is found in Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and western Panama at elevations from sea level to 700 m. It feeds at least in part on fruit. this bat will use the leaf of the large heliconia plant to form a tent. It does so by cutting the side veins of the plant that extend out from the midrib; this causes the leaf to droop along the stem, making a tent. The little white bats then cling to the inner plant upside-down in small colonies of around six, although larger groupings have been reported. Unlike most bats that do make tents - the Honduran White Bat will not flee if disturbed lightly by looking under the leaf - they will only flee when the stem itself is disturbed causing a brief flurry of activity. The advantage of having their white fur is postulated to be the reason - as when sunlight filters through the leaf they look green, and so by not moving they will go un-noticed by possible predators from below. Tortuguero, Costa Rica, Central America, BatW1781CopyZs1gz.jpg
Location: Costa Rica
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