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Jamaican Fruit-eating Bat, Artibeus jamaicensis
… is native to Central and South America, as well as the Greater and many of the Lesser Antilles. As their common name suggests these bats are frugivores. They play an important role in the dispersal of seeds of many tropical fruits. They disperse seeds crucial for secondary and successional growth in areas disturbed by natural disasters, which helps restore forests following disturbance and helps maintain plant species richness. Some animal species probably also depend on the uneaten remains of fruit discarded by these fruit bats.
More about this species: Encyclopedia of Life
Image by Alex Borisenko, Natalia Ivanova via Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLD)
Fearsome Fruit Bat Teeth Scary Only to Fruit
Photograph by Burton Lim
By stringing fine-meshed nets through trees, scientists in southern Suriname snared 28 new species of bat in the remote rain forests of southeastern Suriname. The most abundant species, however, was this previously known larger fruit-eating bat (Artibeus planirostris). As its name suggests, the bat uses its fearsome-looking teeth to feast exclusively on fruits.
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