Great fruit-eating bats (Artibeus lituratus) range from Mexico to Southern Brazil. ( Bello-Gutierrez, et al., ; Brinklov, et al., ; Oprea, et al., ; Stockwell. Subgenus, Artibeus (Artibeus) Leach, Species, Artibeus lituratus (Olfers, ) – great fruit-eating bat, Great Fruit-eating Bat. Direct Children: Subspecies . AnAge entry for Artibeus lituratus. Classification (HAGRID: ) Genus: Artibeus; Species: Artibeus lituratus; Common name: Great fruit-eating bat.

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Great fruit-eating bats Artibeus lituratus range from Mexico to Southern Brazil. Great fruit-eating bats are mostly tree dwelling, roosting in tree cavities or on branches. Great fruit-eating bats have dispersed to urban areas, however, where they may roost in buildings. Great fruit-eating bats will roost above ground from 2. Morrison, ; Oprea, et al. Great fruit-eating bats belong to the family Phyllostomidae, a family of “leaf-nosed bats”, who have a “horn” projection from the nose.

Great fruit-eating bats are one of the largest fruit eating canopy bats, with a long wingspan used to travel long distances in search of fruit among the canopies and trees. Great fruit-eating bats have an average body mass of These bats have light to dark brown fur. Great fruit-eating bats are polygamous, with groups called harems consisting of one male and several females.

More research needed to fully understand the reproductive behavior and patterns of great fruit-eating bats. Great fruit-eating bats vary reproductive patterns regionally.

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In northern neotropical regions, reproductive patterns are monoestrous, while in southern regions seasonal bimodal polyestry two reproduction peaks annually during the wet season is observed. The first peak occurs between June to October and the second from October to March. Some hypothesize that rainfall may also play a role in the reproductive patterns of great fruit-eating bats.

Little information is available about the parental investment involved in caring for the young of great fruit-eating bats. Information is not yet available about the lifespan of great fruit-eating bats in the wild or in captivity.

Great fruit-eating bats live in groups called harems made up of one male and 2 to 5 females. These bat harems may periodically change in numbers of individuals from 4 to 5 members up artibeue 15 to 20 members. However, each harem has only one male.

During winters, most groups consist of 4 to 5 members as food availability may have the largest influence on group size. Great-fruit eating bats typically roost in trees during the day, but changes between roosting areas within a large area ranging from 0. Great fruit-eating bats will change feeding behavior according to moonlight.

On nights when full moons occur, the feeding and litruatus times decrease. It is hypothesized that great fruit-eating bats do this in order to avoid being spotted by predators like owls. The Great fruit-eating bat roosting areas range from 0.


Great fruit-eating bats, like many artobeus bats, use echolocation for orientation and locating food. Echolocation is the process of emitting sound waves and then analyzing the returning echoes to determine food location and nearby obstacles. Great fruit-eating bats are unique as they use scent in artibrus with echolocation to locate fruit. Little information is known about the specific calls of the great litueatus bats, but information about the calls of New World leaf-nosed batsand relatives the, Jamaican fruit-eating bats is available.

Bats differ in intensity and frequency of their calls depending on their diet and environment. Great fruit-eating bat are frugivores; their diet consist of mainly fruits but they feed on nectar. Great fruit-eating bats demonstrates a group-foraging behavior, where scouts are assigned to locate a tree with fruit and then “report” back to the harem. The harem will later follow the scouts to the tree location for feeding.

Great fruit-eating bats remove fruit from trees and take it back to a feeding area. The bats will fly around the fruit, take a bite, and perform a twisting movement to remove the fruit from the tree.

Great fruit-eating bats will feed on fruit from several trees, switching from aritbeus to 2 to 5 fruit trees in one night. Great fruit-eating bats are thought to have developed harems as a social structure and to help protect against predation, with one male to every few females. Great fruit-eating bats are known to fall prey to birds, such as owls.

Great fruit-eating bats play a significant role in the ecosystem.

Being a frugivore, the bats disperse seeds from fruit in their fecal matter. However, more research is needed to fully understand the plant species that make up the diet of great fruit-eating bats, in order to pinpoint the specific species of seeds they disperse. Great fruit-eating bats may also serve as a host for parasitic bat flies and mites. Ter Hofstede and Fenton, Great fruit-eating bats are one of the fruit-eating bat species that plays a significant role in the seed dispersal of plants in forests as well as in litkratus areas.

Although this economic benefit is difficult to quantify. Little information is available about any negative impacts of this species to humans.

There are no known threats to the population of this species. In recent years, it has been found that Liutratus fruit-eating bats sometimes experience Alopecia, a syndrome that can cause hair loss. Populations of Great fruit-eating bats in Tabasco, Mexico had a high prevalence of Alopecia. It is not yet known whether diet or hormones are the cause for the syndrome, but more research is being conducted.

Animals with bilateral symmetry have dorsal and ventral sides, as well as anterior and posterior ends.


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Synapomorphy of the Bilateria. The process by which an animal locates itself with respect to other animals and objects by emitting sound waves and lithratus the pattern of the reflected sound waves. Endothermy is a synapomorphy of the Mammalia, although it may have arisen in a now extinct synapsid ancestor; the fossil record does not distinguish these possibilities.

Iteroparous animals must, by definition, survive over multiple seasons or periodic condition changes.

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Artibeus lituratus great fruit-eating bat Facebook. Stockwell, Other Physical Features endothermic bilateral symmetry Average mass Morrison, Mating System polygynous More research needed to fully understand the reproductive behavior and patterns of great fruit-eating bats. Range number of offspring 1 to 2 Little information is available about the parental investment involved in caring for the young of great fruit-eating bats. Behavior Great fruit-eating bats live in groups called harems made up of one male and 2 to 5 females.

Morrison, Communication and Perception Great fruit-eating bats, like many other bats, use echolocation for orientation and locating food. Neotropical living in the southern part of the New World. In other words, Central and South America. Connect with us Help us improve the site by taking our survey.

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