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Photo credit: Alan Schmierer

Leptonycteris yerbabuenae

Order: Chiroptera

Suborder: Yangochiroptera

Family: Phyllostomidae

Call characteristics:

Low frequency caller


  1/2 - 1 oz

(15 - 28 g)

Body Length

2 3/4 - 3 1/3 in

(6.8 - 8.4 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

Lesser Long-nosed Bat

Lesser Long-nosed Bat

The lesser long-nosed bat has brown to gray fur and an unusual split in its tail membrane. Inhabiting desert areas, this species forms large aggregations in cave or mine roosts. Lesser long-nosed bats may migrate over 1,000 miles between their winter and summer ranges! A nectivore, the species is a frequent pollinator of agave and columnar cacti and may opportunistically feed at hummingbird feeders. Mothers give birth to one pup a year. This bat can survive to over 20 years in age in the wild.

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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