Big naked what??!!?
Showing off the back of a big naked-backed bat (Pteronotus gymnonotus). Photo from Brunca Bat Project--check out their super cool expedition here.

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good week!

Since I’m preparing for a trip to South American, I thought I’d research another South American bat. The Big Naked-Backed Bat lives throughout Central and South America. It was first identified as a new species in 1842 by Johann Wagner. These bats are described as “naked bats” because their wings connect at the bats’ spines rather than their sides. Since bats’ wings are hairless, their backs appear naked even though they have fur on their backs hidden under their wings. Since these bats have such a wide habitat range, which includes areas that are under protection, they are listed as a species of least concern by the IUCN.

If you would like to read more about these bats you may do so here.

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