Greater Antillean Long-tongued Bat

Illustration/Link of the Greater Antillean Long-tongued Bat, Murci������lago de FloresGreater Antillean Long-tongued Bat (Eng.), Murciélago de Flores (Sp.), Monophyllus redmani; Native; Greater Antilles Islands (Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, Jamaica, Cuba) and the southern Bahamas.

Illustration courtesy of The Royal Ontario Museum. Information compiled by Alan Mowbray, Interpretive Media Writer, EYNF/LEF


General Information

Order Chiroptera, Family Phyllostomatidae, Subfamily Glossophaginae. The genus Monophyllus includes two species; Monophyllus redmani and Monophyllus plethodon. Bats of this genus are small to medium in size.when compared to other Glossophagines. Fossil records indicate that this genus dates to the late Pleistocene era.


The Greater Antillean Long-tongued Bat has a long and narrow snout with leaf-like projections on the tip of the nose. The tail is about half the size of the femur, and extends beyond the tail membrane. It has small hind feet and small ears and a short forearm. Its color is pale brown to gray. Its wingspan is from 280 to 310 millimeters (11 to 12 inches) and a typical animal weighs 11 to 14 grams (0.39 to 0.49 ounces).


Primarily a nectivore, the Greater Antillean Long-tongued Bat also feeds on fruit. Females carry a single fetus typically 20 millimeters (0.7 inches) in crown-rump length.


This bat roosts in humid chambers and passageways in wet caves.

Where to look for this animal in the EYNF

At dusk or early morning hours at lower elevations, when they swarm to feed on nectar and fruits.