Costa Rica on the other hand has an astounding diversity of bats; to date, the list consists of 111 species! This is more than all other Costa Rican mammal species combined, and is more than twice the number of bat species found in all of North America -- not bad for a country with less area than Lake Michigan!
|Lesser Sac-winged Bats (Saccopteryx leptura) in a tree cavity|
|The Greater Spear-nosed Bat (Phyllostomus hastatus),|
the second-largest bat in Costa Rica
|Greater Spear-nosed Bat (Phyllostomus hastatus)|
|The tiny Black Myotis (Myotis nigricans)|
|The characteristic "gap" (actually filled by two tiny premolars)|
between the molars and canines of species in the genus Myotis
|The Jamaican Fruit Bat (Artibeus jameicensis)|
|The handsome (?) face of a Pale Spear-nosed Bat (Phyllostomus discolor)|
We are thrilled to have the opportunity to become more familiar with the nocturnal fauna of the neotropics, most of which are seldom seen by diurnal animals like Homo sapiens. The demands placed upon these flying nocturnal creatures have driven the evolution of adaptations that render them utterly bizarre and endlessly fascinating, and the chance to see them up-close is just plain cool.