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Common vampire bat (Desmodus rotundus)
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Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Family: Phyllostomidae
Subfamily: Desmodontinae
Genus: Desmodus
Wied-Neuwied, 1826
Type species
Desmodus rufus
Wied-Neuwied, 1826

Desmodus archaeodaptes
Desmodus draculae
Desmodus rotundus
Desmodus stocki

Desmodus is a genus of bats which—along with the genera Diaemus and Diphylla—are allied as the subfamily Desmodontinae, the carnivorous, blood-consuming vampire bats of the New World leaf-nosed bat family Phyllostomidae.[1]

The genus was erected in 1826 to accommodate a new species Desmodus rufus described by Maximilian Wied in the second volume of his work detailing his explorations in Brazil.[2][1] The type species was previously described with the name Phyllostoma rotundus by Étienne Geoffroy in 1810.[1]

  • genus Desmodus


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