Platyrrhinus nitelinea, Velazco & Gardner, 2009

Don E. Wilson & Russell A. Mittermeier, 2019, Phyllostomidae, Handbook of the Mammals of the World – Volume 9 Bats, Barcelona: Lynx Edicions, pp. 444-583 : 568

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Platyrrhinus nitelinea


184. View Plate 43: Phyllostomidae

Western Broad-nosed Bat

Platyrrhinus nitelinea

French: Sténoderme a bande dorsale / German: Westliche Breitnasenfledermaus / Spanish: Platirrino ecuatoriano

Taxonomy. Platyrrhinus nitelinea Velazco & Gardner, 2009 ,

“ 1 km SW of Puente de Moromoro, 3480 ft (1060 m); El Oro Province; Ecuador (03°44’S, 79°44’ W).” GoogleMaps

This species is monotypic.

Distribution. W Colombia (Choco, Valle del Cauca, and Narino departments) and SW Ecuador (Guayas and El Oro provinces). View Figure

Descriptive notes. Head—body 84-90 mm (tailless), ear 22-23 mm, hindfoot 14— 16 mm, forearm 53-58 mm. No specific data available for body weight. The Western Broad-nosed Bat is moderately large. Fur is dense and soft. Dorsal fur is blackish, long (8-11 mm), and bicolored, with darker tips, and midline on back is brilliant white, wide, and brighter than facial stripes. Venter is pale brown to dark brown, unicolored on throat and upper chest, and bicolored (hairs have gray tips) on its remainder. Head is robust; snout is short and broad; face has four parallel well-marked white lines; noseleaf is fleshy, large, and spear-shaped; edges of noseleaf are dark, never bright yellow, and lower rim is free; inferior border of noseleaf is partially joined to upperlip; ears are large and rounded, edges sometimes pale, but never yellow; and folds on ears are well developed. Elbows are densely furred and colored like back; caudal membrane is very short in middle, with deep V-shaped groove; fringe of hair on trailing edge of caudal membraneis short; hair on upper surface of feet is short and moderately dense. I' are converging and broad, with parallel tips, and twice as long as I°.

Habitat. Tropical and subtropical humid and semi-dry forests at elevations of 10-1100 m. The Western Broad-nosed Bat occurs in cloud forests in Jardin Botanico Moromoro that include primary forests, palms, epiphytes, and shrubs.

Food and Feeding. There is no specific information available for the Western Broadnosed Bat, but other broad-nosed bats feed heavily on fruits.

Breeding. In Ecuador, a lactating Western Broad-nosed Bat was found in September.

Activity patterns. The Western Broad-nosed Bat is nocturnal.

Movements, Home range and Social organization. No information.

Status and Conservation. Classified as Data Deficient on The IUCN Red List. The Western Broad-nosed Bat is uncommon, and its conservation status is unknown. Some natural reserves and protected areas are located near known localities of occurrence, and the type locality is near Buenaventura Ecological Reserve in Ecuador.

Bibliography. Carrera et al. (2010), Tirira (2017), Velazco & Gardner (2009).














Platyrrhinus nitelinea

Don E. Wilson & Russell A. Mittermeier 2019

Platyrrhinus nitelinea

Velazco & Gardner 2009