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Photo credit: Patrick Randall

Choeronycteris mexicana

Order: Chiroptera

Suborder: Yangochiroptera

Family: Phyllostomidae

Call characteristics:

Low frequency caller (5 kHz)


4/5 oz

(25 g)

Body Length

3 1/3 in

(8.5 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

Mexican Long-tongued Bat

Mexican Long-tongued Bat

The Mexican long-tongued bat has gray to gray-brown fur, a long nose and nose leaf, small ears, and a broad tail membrane. It is found in desert habitats from the very southern ranges of California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas south throughout Mexico. It migrates and the majority of individuals found in the US part of its range were females during the maternity season (May-November). This bat feeds on the nectar of columnar cacti and has also been seen draining hummingbird feeders. Not much is known about the life history of this species.

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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