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Mormoops magna Silva-Taboada, 1974:52

Giant ghost-faced bat



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last record: Subfossil



Cuba and Hispaniola (Dominican Republic)


Originally described from fossils from Cuba (Silva-Taboada, 1974), and a second collection from Cuba (García and Páez, 2000). A range extension of c.1200 km to the Dominican Republic, Hispaniola was given by (Velazco et al. 2013).


Biology & Ecology




Type locality: Cuba, Las Villas Province, Trinidad, Cueva de los Masones.






Original scientific description:

Silva-Taboada, G. (1974). Fossil Chiroptera from cave deposits in central Cuba, with descriptions of two new species (genera Pteronotus and Mormoops) and the first West Indian record of Mormoops megalophylla. Acta Zoologica Cracoviensia 19: 34-73.


Other references:

Alcover, Josep Antoni et al. (1998). Mammal Species of the World: Additional Data on Insular Mammals. American Museum Novitates 3248, 29 pp., 1 table.

Ignacio Ramos García and Rafael Borroto Páez. (2000). Ejemplares tipo de mamíferos en colecciones cubanas. Orsis 15: 75-89.

Silva-Taboada, G. 1979. Los murciélagos de Cuba. Editorial Academia, 423 pp.

Velazco, Paúl M., O’Neill, H., Gunnell, G. F., Cooke, S. B., Rimoli, R., Rosenberger, A. L., et al. (2013). Quaternary Bat Diversity in the Dominican Republic. American Museum Novitates 3779: 1-20.

Wilson, D.E. & Reeder, D.M. 2005 Mammal species of the world: a taxonomic and geographic reference. Third edition. Baltimore, MD: John Hopkins University Press.


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