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Mexican fruit bat

Artibeus toltecus.


I found a large family of bats hanging upside down from the ceiling of an abandoned house in the middle of nowhere in an oak forest. Las pic show the old house.


Oak forest.

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29 Comments (1–25)

LuisStevens 5 years ago

Thank you Karen and Sergio

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 5 years ago

I like second photo very much.

KarenL 5 years ago

Awesome captures Luis! I love #2!

LuisStevens 6 years ago

It is now in the North American Bat Tracker. Thank you Ava.

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 6 years ago

Please consider adding this spotting to the new Bat Tracker mission at

LuisStevens 7 years ago

Gracias Yuriana

YurianaMartínez 7 years ago

nice as all your pics Luis. Felicidades!

LuisStevens 7 years ago

Thank you shekainah d. alaban

The it seems the house is not abandoned at all.

LuisStevens 7 years ago

Thank you VictoriaShirleyPhotography

oh my gosh they are so cute!

LuisStevens 7 years ago

Thank you Carol, Gerardo, nexttogone, Yuko and Ava T-B

LuisStevens 7 years ago

Thank you very much Lauren for all this info and work for the correct ID of these beautiful bats. Best regards.

LaurenZarate 7 years ago

Hi Luis. Dr. Wilson just wrote "After enlarging the 4 photos and looking at them in depth with my colleague Al Gardner, I think the Leptonycteris nivalis is correct, but now I think the rest of them are actually Artibeus toltecus, a smaller species of Artibeus".
So these three pictures are now officially Artibeus toltecus. Makes more sense, since they were all in the same house.

LuisStevens 7 years ago

Thanks Roland, I´ll be waiting for your post of Flying Fox.

RolandEGauthier 7 years ago

Nice shot, Here in Borneo we have the largest fruit bats called Flying Fox, we hear them every night in my fruit trees, I always try to get a picture of them but always fail as they fly off or close up making it harder to see. But I hope to see one one day and get a picture, sometimes in right time you can see them before sunset...we have many little fruit bats like the ones you post in my Mango trees or banana trees....

LuisStevens 7 years ago

Lauren, thank you very much for the info. Dr. Wilson is right, the pictures 1 and 2 are from the same room and the third picture is from a second room in the same old abandoned house in the forest. This is amazing, I couldn't tell the difference.

LaurenZarate 7 years ago

Hi Luis, Dr. Wilson of the Smithsonian confirms that pictures 1 and 2 are of the Mexican Fruit Bat Artibeus jamaicensis. He thinks the 3rd one might be Sturnira lilium (also a fruit eating bat), but is awaiting a second opinion. Were all these bats in exactly the same place? Could the Sturnira have been separated?

LuisStevens 7 years ago

Gracias Noel

Noel Buensuceso
Noel Buensuceso 7 years ago

Great series Luis!

LuisStevens 7 years ago

Thank you Despina Tsafetopoulou for the ID and the link

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 7 years ago

This is such a great series.

YukoChartraw 7 years ago

Cute! Must have been nice to be welcome by such a big family!

nexttogone 7 years ago

Too cool! ")

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 7 years ago

Great series Luis :)

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San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí, Mexico

Lat: 22.20, Long: -100.57

Spotted on Oct 14, 2012
Submitted on Nov 16, 2012

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