Mexican long-tongued bat

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Mexican long-tongued bat
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Family: Phyllostomidae
Genus: Choeronycteris
Species: C. mexicana
Binomial name
Choeronycteris mexicana
Tschudi, 1844
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Mexican long-tongued bat range

The Mexican long-tongued bat (Choeronycteris mexicana) is a species of bat in the family Phyllostomidae. It is monotypic within the genus Choeronycteris.[citation needed] The species is found in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and the United States.[1]

Mexican long-tongued bat

Mexican long-tongued bats feed on nectar and pollen from agaves and other plants. These bats' tongues can extend up to a third of their body length, a feature which makes them uniquely equipped to reach nectar deep inside an agave or cactus blossom. In southern Arizona, long-tongued bats often get nectar from neighborhood hummingbird feeders as well. In the United States, this species is found in the southern parts of California, New Mexico, and Arizona.[1] Their range extends from Mexico through Central America and down to Venezuela. The young are born well-furred for additional warmth in the cool mountain canyons where this species roosts.

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  1. ^ a b c Arroyo-Cabrales, J. & Perez, S. (2008). "Choeronycteris mexicana". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2009.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 7 February 2010.