Large-eared slit-faced bat

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Large-eared slit-faced bat
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Family: Nycteridae
Genus: Nycteris
Species: N. macrotis
Binomial name
Nycteris macrotis
Dobson, 1876

The large-eared slit-faced bat, Nycteris macrotis, is a species of slit-faced bat which lives in forests and savannas throughout Africa. Nycteris vinsoni was once considered a synonym of N. macrotis, but it became recognized as a separate species in 2004. Some, however, still consider N. vinsoni to be a subspecies of N. macrotis, and consider N. macrotis a species complex.

Three subspecies have been noted: N. m. aethiopica, N. m. luteola, and N. m. macrotis.


  • Mickleburgh, S., Hutson, A., Bergmans, W. & Cotterill, F.W. 2004. Nycteris macrotis. In: IUCN 2006. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 13 April 2007.