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Diclidurus albus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Family: Emballonuridae
Genus: Diclidurus
Wied-Neuwied, 1819

Diclidurus is a genus of bats whose common name is the ghost bats (not to be confused with the Australia Macroderma gigas). Diclidurus all inhabit tropical South America, and D. albus is also found in Mexico and Central America.[1][2] The fur of these insectivorous bats is white, sometimes with a slight greyish tinge, except D. isabellus, which is partially pale brown.[1] The only other all-white bat is the Honduran white bat, but it is easily distinguished from Diclidurus by its relatively large nose leaf.[1] Diclidurus are poorly known and only infrequently captured, at least in part because they fly high above the ground or in the forest canopy (above the typical height of mist nets used by bat researchers).[3]


  1. ^ a b c Emmons, L.H (1997). Neotropical Rainforest Mammals. 2nd edition. ISBN 0-226-20719-6
  2. ^ Simmons, Nancy B. (2005), "Diclidurus", 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 28 September 2009 
  3. ^ Ferreira, A.P.; D.C. Melo; and A. Loures-Ribeiro (2013). Diclidurus albus Wied-Neuwied, 1820 (Chiroptera: Emballonuridae): First record of the species in the state of Paraíba, Brazil. Check List 9(4): 793–796.