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  1. Phyllostomidae, family Phyllostomidae, Phyllostomatidae, family Phyllostomatidaenoun

    New World leaf-nosed bats


  1. phyllostomidae

    The New World leaf-nosed bats (Phyllostomidae) are found from southern North America to South America, specifically from the Southwest United States to northern Argentina. They are ecologically the most varied and diverse family within the order Chiroptera. Most species are insectivorous, but the phyllostomid bats include within their number true predatory species and frugivores (subfamily Stenodermatinae and Carolliinae). For example, the spectral bat (Vampyrum spectrum), the largest bat in the Americas, eats vertebrate prey, including small, dove-sized birds. Members of this family have evolved to use food groups such as fruit, nectar, pollen, insects, frogs, other bats, and small vertebrates, and in the case of the vampire bats, even blood. Both the scientific and common names derive from their often large, lance-shaped noses, greatly reduced in some of the nectar- and pollen-feeders. Because these bats echolocate nasally, this "nose-leaf" is thought to serve some role in modifying and directing the echolocation call. Similar nose leaves are found in some other groups of bats, most notably the Old World leaf-nosed bats. New World leaf-nosed bats are usually brown, grey, or black, although five species are white. They range in size from 4.0 to 13.5 cm (1.6 to 5.3 in) in head-body length, and can weigh from 7 to 200 g (0.25 to 7.05 oz). Most roost in fairly small groups within caves, animal burrows, or hollow trees, although some species aggregate in colonies of several hundred individuals. They do not hibernate, although some species have been reported to aestivate.


  1. phyllostomidae

    Phyllostomidae is the scientific name for a diverse family of bats commonly known as New World leaf-nosed bats. This family includes a wide variety of species, with over 150 identified, and is characterized by a specialized, leaf-shaped nose. They are found primarily in the tropical and subtropical regions of Central and South America, with a few species also inhabiting North America. Their sizes, feeding habits, and behavior vary greatly among different species. Some feed on insects, while others consume fruit, nectar or even blood.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of phyllostomidae in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of phyllostomidae in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3


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