Costa Rica is a beautiful country filled with amazing animals. During a recent vacation to the Guanacaste Province, I took a river tour to observe flora and fauna. My guide, Olmon Sosa, pointed out the creatures pictured below. I would have never found them on my own. Name this well camouflaged animal.
Diagnosis: Brazilian Long-nosed Bat (Phychonycteris naso)
The Brazilian Long-nosed bat is found along rivers from Mexico to the norther half of South America. This small bat, one and one half inches at maturity, eats insects associated with slow moving water. During the day, the bats roost in small colonies often in straight lines as pictured above. Their camouflage is amazing! This is one of the cutest bats I have ever seen.
Plumpton, David and Knox Jones, J. Jr. “Phynochonycteris naso” Mammalian Species 423, December 10, 1992, pp. 1-5.