Carollia

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Carollia
Carollia brevicauda.jpg
C. brevicauda
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Family: Phyllostomidae
Subfamily: Carolliinae
Genus: Carollia
Gray, 1838
Species

Carollia benkeithi
Carollia brevicauda
Carollia castanea
Carollia colombiana
Carollia manu
Carollia monohernandezi
Carollia perspicillata
Carollia sowelli
Carollia subrufa
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Carollia is a genus of bats often referred to as the short-tailed fruit bats. Along with the genus, Rhinophylla, Carollia makes up the subfamily Carolliinae of family Phyllostomidae, the leaf-nosed bats.[1] Currently, nine species of Carollia are recognized, with a number having been described since 2002. Members of this genus are found throughout tropical regions of Central and South America but do not occur on Caribbean islands other than Trinidad and Tobago. Bats of the genus Carollia often are among the most abundant mammals in neotropical ecosystems and play important roles as seed dispersers, particularly of pioneer plants such as those of the genera Piper, Cecropia, Solanum, and Vismia. Carollia are primarily frugivorous, however C. perspicillata, C. castanea and C. subrufa are known to feed on insects. [2]

Genus Carollia - short-tailed leaf-nosed bats


References[edit]

  1. ^ Simmons, Nancy B. (2005), "Chiroptera", in Wilson, Don E.; Reeder, DeeAnn M., Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed), Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, pp. 312–529, ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0, retrieved 13 September 2009 
  2. ^ Gardner, Alfred L. (2007), Mammals of South America: Marsupials, Xenarthrans, Shrews, and Bats, p. 211