Species IUCN Status
The Mexican long-tongued bat inhabits desert scrub and deciduous and pine-oak forests in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and the United States. It has been listed a near threatened species by the IUCN because of habitat loss due to mining and cave tourism. Mexican long-tongued bats primarily feed on Agave plants, Cacti fruit, and Ipomoea flowers (which include morning glories and moon flowers). These small, brown bats use their “nose leaf”—a small triangular bump near the tip of the nose—to direct ultrasonic echolocation signals through its nostrils.