Also known as the Caribbean White Tent-making Bat, it is one of only six species of bat that has white fur out of the approx. 1,300 known species of bat worldwide.These guys are pretty small with a head and body length of only 37-47mm (1.5 - 1.9") and weigh in at 5-6 g (0.18-0.21 oz). The body is entirely white shading to grey at its posterior. The ears, nose leaf and lips are yellow and the wing membranes are black.
Found here in Costa Rica in the Tapanti National Park area in damp conditions near a stream. The name 'Tent-making' is well suited as these guys cut the main vein of big Heliconia leaves making the leaves fold over on themselves creating a tent like structure under which the bats roost. This one was found about 2m off the ground. This species is also found in Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama.
This interesting little bat is a fruit eater specializing in figs. The yellow colour in its skin is thought to derive from carotenoids from its diet.