Desmodus draculae

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Desmodus draculae
Temporal range: Pleistocene-Holocene
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Family: Phyllostomidae
Genus: Desmodus
Species: D. draculae
Binomial name
Desmodus draculae

Desmodus draculae is an extinct species of vampire bat that inhabited South America during the Pleistocene, and possibly the early Holocene. It was 30% larger than the common vampire bat. The species has been occasionally called the giant vampire bat in reference to its size. Fossils and unmineralized subfossils have been found in Ecuador, Brazil, and Bolivia [1]