Lesser long-nosed bat (Leptonycteris yerbabuenae)
IUCN RED LIST: Near Threatened (NT)
The lesser long-nosed bat is one of the nectar-eating bat species found on the ABC Islands. The bat lives in large colonies in quiet, remote areas of the islands’ caves. It is highly interdependent with the islands’ cacti species, notably the columnar cacti Kadushi (Cereus repandus): it relies upon the cacti for food resources, and the cacti in turn rely upon the bats for pollination services and for some seed dispersal.
The lesser long-nosed bat population of the ABC islands is also of global importance, as it is currently listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List.
Photo credit: Christian König (SHAPE/DCNA)
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