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Smoky bats
Furipterus horrens.jpg
Furipterus horrens
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Suborder: Microchiroptera
Superfamily: Nataloidea
Family: Furipteridae
Gray, 1866


Furipteridae is one of the families of bats. This family contains only two species, the smoky bat and the thumbless bat. Both are from Central and South America, and are closely related to the bats in the families Natalidae and Thyropteridae. They can be recognized by their reduced and functionless thumbs, enclosed by the wing membranes, and their broad, funnel-shaped ears. There are only two genera in the group, each with a single species. They are insectivorous and can live in many different kinds of environments. They have greyish fur, and a small nose-leaf. Like many bats, they roost in caves.[1]



  1. ^ Macdonald, D., ed. (1984). The Encyclopedia of Mammals. New York: Facts on File. p. 807. ISBN 0-87196-871-1.