Ecuadorian sac-winged bat

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Ecuadorian sac-winged bat
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Family: Emballonuridae
Genus: Balantiopteryx
Species: B. infusca
Binomial name
Balantiopteryx infusca
(Thomas, 1897)
Ecuadorian Sac-Winged Bat area.png
Ecuadorian sac-winged bat range

The Ecuadorian sac-winged bat (Balantiopteryx infusca) is a species of sac-winged bat in the family Emballonuridae. It is found in Colombia and Ecuador.[1][2] According to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, the population trend is decreasing for this species, due to habitat destruction through deforestation.[3]


Balantiopteryx infusca is the sister species of Balantiopteryx io.[4]

There are no subspecies.[5]


It is larger than Balantiopteryx io, and smaller than Balantiopteryx plicata. [6] It lacks the white trim of Balantiopteryx plicata, and is darker in color.[7]


It is found in the mouth of caves, abandoned mines, and cracks in rock.[8] It prefers to live where there is plenty of light.[9] These bats are sociable and live in colonies; they are also insectivorous.[10]


  1. ^ Chiroptera Specialist Group 1996.
  2. ^ Simmons 2005, p. 314.
  3. ^ Dávalos et al. 2008.
  4. ^ Gardner 2008, p. 194.
  5. ^ Gardner 2008, p. 194.
  6. ^ Arroyo-Cabrales and Jones 1988, p. 2.
  7. ^ Arroyo-Cabrales and Jones 1988, p. 2.
  8. ^ Gardner 2008, p. 194.
  9. ^ Dávalos et al. 2008.
  10. ^ Nowak 1994, p. 96.