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Ghost-Faced

Scientific Name: Mormoops megalophylla

Photo taken by Merlin Tuttle

Description: The Ghost-Faced Bat (Mormoops megalophylla) fur that ranges from red-brown to dark brown. This bat is most distinctly recognized by it’s face, with sunken eyes and ridges that portrude. The total length of this bat is 10 mm and weight averages from 13-19 grams.

Distribution: Map of Ghost-Faced Bat in Texas

About the Ghost-Faced Bat: This bat is found typically in caves and tunnels but also in buildings. They congregate in large colonies, up to 500,000 individuals, but they do space themselves out (as much as 15 cm apart from each other). Lactating females (females with pups), separate themselves from males and females without pups and have a single baby bat.

Status: Least Concern
For more information go to the IUCN Red List Website for the Ghost-Faced Bat

For more information about the Ghost-Faced Bat go to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Ghost-Faced Bat Fact Sheet

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