Phyllonycteris aphylla Miller, 1898:334

Jamaican flower bat, Jamaican long-tongued bat




Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Reithronycteris aphylla Miller, 1898:334


Conservation Status

Last record: 1898 (Miller, 1898)

Rediscovered in 1957 (Henson & Novick, 1966)

IUCN RedList status: Least Concern















Original scientific description:

Miller, G. S., Jr. (1898). Descriptions of five new phyllostome bats. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 50: 326-337.


Other references:

Baker, R. J. and Bass, R. A. (1979). Evolutionary relationship of the Phyllonycterinae to the glossophagine genera Glossophaga and Monophyllus. Journal of Mammalogy 60: 364-372.

Baker, R. J., C. A. Porter, J. C. Patton, and R. A. Van Den Bussche. (2000). Systematics of bats of the Family Phyllostomidae based on RAG2 DNA sequences. Occasional Papers of the Museum, Texas Tech University 202: 1-16.

Corbet, G. B. and Hill, J. E. (1986). A world list of mammalian species. Second ed. British Museum (Natural History), London. 254 pp.

Dávalos, L. and Rodriguez, A. (2008). Phyllonycteris aphylla. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. ( Downloaded on 26 July 2014.

Day, David. (1981). The Doomsday Book of Animals: A Natural History of Vanished Species. New York, N.Y.: The Viking Press.

Fincham, A. G. (1997). Jamaica underground: the caves, sinkholes and underground rivers of the island. The Press University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica.

Genoways, Hugh H., Bickham, John W., Baker, Robert J. and Phillips, Carleton J. (2005). Bats of Jamaica. Special Publications of the Museum of Texas Tech University 48: 1-155.

Goodwin, R. E. (1970). The ecology of Jamaican bats. Journal of Mammalogy 51: 571-579.

Henson, O. W., Jr., and Novick, A. (1966). An additional record of the bat, Phyllonycteris aphylla. Journal of Mammalogy 47: 351-352.

Howe, H. F. (1974). Additional records of Phyllonycteris aphylla and Ariteus flavescens from Jamaica. Journal of Mammalogy 55: 662-663.

Koopman, K. F. (1952). The status of the bat genus Reithronycteris. Journal of Mammalogy 33: 255-258.

Koopman, Karl F. and Williams, Ernest E. (1951). Fossil chiroptera collected by H. E. Anthony in Jamaica, 1919-1920. American Museum Novitates 1519: 1-29.

McFarlane, D. A. (1997). Jamaican cave vertebrates, pp. 57-62, 445-446. In: Fincham, A. G. (ed.). Jamaica underground: the caves, sinkholes and underground rivers of the island. Kingston, Jamaica: The Press University of the West Indies.

Miller, G. S., Jr. (1907). The families and genera of bats. Bulletin of the United States National Museum 57: xvii + 1-282.

Nowak, R. M. (1999). Walker's Mammals of the World. The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA and London, UK.

Oelbaum, Phillip J. et al. (2024). Reproductive populations of the Critically Endangered bat Phyllonycteris aphylla at two new locations in Jamaica. Oryx.

Poole, A. J. and Schantz, V. S. (1942). Catalog of the type specimens of mammals in the United States National Museum, including the Biological Surveys Collection. Bulletin of the United States National Museum 178: xiii + 1-705.

Scheffers, Brett R., Yong, Ding Li, Harris, J. Berton C., Giam, Xingli and Sodhi, Navjot S. (2011). The world’s rediscovered species: back from the brink? PLoS ONE 6(7): e22531. [Supporting Information (Table S1)]

Simmons, N. B. (2005). Order Chiroptera. In: D. E. Wilson and D. M. Reeder (eds), Mammal Species of the World, pp. 312-529. The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD, USA.

Simmons, N.B. and A.L. Cirranello. 2023. Bat Species of the World: A taxonomic and geographic database. Version 1.3. Accessed on 06/18/2023.

Swanepoel, P. and Genoways, H. H. (1979). Morphometrics. Pp. 13-106 in Biology of bats of the New World Family Phyllostomatidae, Part III (R. J. Baker, J. K. Jones, Jr., and D. C. Carter, eds.). Special Publications of the Museum, Texas Tech University 16: 1-441.

Upham, Nathan S. (2017). Past and present of insular Caribbean mammals: understanding Holocene extinctions to inform modern biodiversity conservation. Journal of Mammalogy 98(4): 913-917.

Williams, E. E. (1952). Additional notes on fossil and subfossil bats from Jamaica. Journal of Mammalogy 33: 171-179.


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