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Photo credit: Steven Brewer

Artibeus jamaicensis

Order: Chiroptera

Suborder: Yangochiroptera

Family: Phyllostomidae

Call characteristics:

Low frequency caller (15 kHz)


1 2/5 - 2 oz

(40 - 60 g)

Body Length

3 - 3 1/2 in

(7.5 - 8.9 cm)

There are various sources for bat species range maps including IUCN, NatureServe, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ECOS, and the National Atlas of the United States

Jamaican Fruit-eating Bat

Jamaican Fruit-eating Bat

The Jamaican fruit-eating bat, also known as the Mexican fruit bat, has dark brown fur, a short nose, prominant nose leaf, and noticable bumps on its lower lip. This species lives in tropical habitats where it roosts in caves, trees, buildings, and leaf tents. Its range extends from southern Mexico to northwest Peru and additionally on islands including the Florida Keys, Trinidad, and Tobago. The Jamaican fruit-eating bat eats fragrant fruits including figs, which it carries to a feeding roost to dine on. By carrying fruit to a differnt location before eating, this bat spreads seeds. Mothers typically carry a single pup at a time. The Jamaican fruit-eating bat has a lifespan of 9 to 10 years in the wild.

Information used to populate this page was obtained from the following sources:
NatureServe Explorer
United States Fish and Wildlife Service Environmental Conservation Online System
Bat Conservation International Bat Profiles
National Atlas of the United States. (2011). North American Bat Ranges, 1830-2008. National Atlas of the United States. Available at:
Taylor, M. 2019. Bats: an illustrated guide to all species. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Books.

Conservation Status

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