Red fruit bat

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Red fruit bat
Red Fig-eating Bat or Murciélago Frutero Nativo.jpg
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Family: Phyllostomidae
Genus: Stenoderma
Species: S. rufum
Binomial name
Stenoderma rufum
Desmarest, 1820

The red fruit bat or red fig-eating bat (Stenoderma rufum) is a species of bat in the family Phyllostomidae, in the monotypic genus Stenoderma.[2] It is found in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical dry forests. No fruit bats have been spotted or recorded in the US Virgin Islands for the last 30 years.[2]


Three subspecies are recognised:[3]

  • Stenoderma rufum rufum (Desmarest's red fruit bat) - U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Stenoderma rufum anthonyi (Anthony's red fruit bat) - Puerto Rico (fossil)
  • Stenoderma rufum darioi (Valdivieso's red fruit bat) - Puerto Rico

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rodriguez, A. & Dávalos, L. (2011). "Stenoderma rufum". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 18 January 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Gannon, M.R., Rodríguez-Durán, M., Kurta, A., and Willig, M.R. Stenoderma rufum Desmarest, Red Fig-eating Bat or Murciélago Frutero Nativo (website), Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut. Downloaded 10 November 2012 from
  3. ^ Genoways, H. H., and R. J. Baker. 1972. Stenoderma rufum. Mammalian Species, 18:1-4.