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Smoky Bats: Furipteridae

Physical Characteristics, Behavior And Reproduction, Smoky Bat (furipterus Horrens): Species AccountGEOGRAPHIC RANGE, HABITAT, DIET, SMOKY BATS AND PEOPLE, CONSERVATION STATUS

SMOKY BAT (Furipterus horrens): SPECIES ACCOUNT

The two species of the family are found in different areas. The thumbless bat is found west of the Andes, from central coastal Ecuador south to northern Chile. The smoky bat is found in Costa Rica, lowland Brazil, Peru and Trinidad.

Furipterids (members of the family Furipteridae) live in diverse habitats. The thumbless bat has been found living in lowland rainforests to the arid (extremely dry) deserts of South America to cultivated land. The smoky bat appears to have a narrower range of habitats, found primarily in lowland, moist forests. Many of these bats live in isolated populations. They are found primarily in caves, tree hollows, and human-made structures.

Bats in this family feed on insects, primarily moths and butterflies.

People have caused the decline of the species in this family due to harming their natural habitats.


There are no known fossils in this family. In general, bats do not fossilize well because of their small, delicate skeletons. Scientists consider the smoky bats to be most closely related to Central and South American disk-winged bats and funnel-eared bats.

The World Conservation Union (IUCN) Red List categorizes the thumbless bat species as Vulnerable, meaning it is facing a high risk of extinction in the wild. The smoky bat is not considered threatened.

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