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Seba’s Short-tailed Fruit Bat

  • Order: Chioptera
  • Family: Phyllostomidae
  • Genus: Carollia
  • Species: perspicillata
Fun Fact

Like all fruit eating animals, Seba’s short-tailed bats are vital to the ecosystems in which they live. Since they eat fruit, they spread seeds through their defecation, which helps generate new growth of plants.

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About Seba’s Short-tailed Fruit Bats

Bats are amazing animals for many reasons, but mostly because they are the only mammal that flies. The order name Chiroptera means “hand-winged.” Their wings are modified forelimbs with a flight surface that is covered with a skin membrane, which is supported by four fingers. This skin membrane extends down the side of the bat’s body and attaches to the hind legs. There is another skin membrane called the uropatagium, which runs between the hind legs and includes the tail.

Seba’s short-tailed fruit bats usually roost in groups of 10-100 individuals. They prefer to roost in caves, and hollow trees. They can also be found in rock crevasses, in buildings and under eaves. They usually form harem groups with one male and many females, as well as bachelor groups with adult and sub-adult males. When there is a food shortage, bats may become slow and sluggish. In the winter, these bats hibernate in caves.

Seba’s Short-tailed Fruit Bats in the Wild


They live in a variety of habitats including tropical rainforests, tropical deciduous forests, temperate rainforest and temperate forests of moist evergreens or dry deciduous trees. They prefer lower elevations ranging up to 1000-1500 meters, but they have been documented in forests elevating up to 2400 meters.


Seba’s short-tailed fruit bats can be found in Central and South America, specifically Paraguay, northern Argentina, southeastern Brazil and from Mexico to Bolivia.


This specific microbat is frugivorous. They mainly eat fruit, but they also find pollen and insects to be a tasty treat. They typically forage for food near the ground.

Population Status

This species of fruit bat is common and widespread throughout their range.

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