Phyllops vetus Anthony, 1917

Cuban fig-eating bat, Lesser falcate-winged bat



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status


This species is only known from sub-fossil remains.



Cuba and Isle of Pines












Original scientific description:

Anthony, H. E. (1917). A new rabbit and a new bat from Neotropical regions. Bull. Amer. Mus. Nat. Hist. 37: 335-337.


Other references:

Anthony, H. E. (1919). Mammals collected in eastern Cuba in 1917. With descriptions of two new species. Bulletin of American Museum of Natural History 41: 625-643.

Borroto-Páez, Rafael and Mancina, Carlos A. (2017). Biodiversity and conservation of Cuban mammals: past, present, and invasive species. Journal of Mammalogy 98(4): 964-985.

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

Orihuela, Johanset, Viñola, Lázaro W. and Viera, Ricardo A. (2020a). New bat locality records from Cuba with emphasis on the Province of Matanzas. Novitates Caribaea 15: 96-116.

Orihuela, Johanset et al. (2020b). Late Holocene land vertebrate fauna from Cueva de los Nesofontes, Western Cuba: stratigraphy, last appearance dates, diversity and paleoecology. bioRxiv preprint. doi:

Orihuela, Johanset, Pérez Orozco, Leonel, Álvarez Licourt, Jorge L., Viera Muñoz, Ricardo A., and Santana Barani, Candido. (2020c). Late Holocene land vertebrate fauna from Cueva de los Nesofontes, Western Cuba: Stratigraphy, chronology, diversity, and paleoecology. Palaeontologia Electronica, 23(3):a57.

Silva Taboada, G., and B. W. Woloszyn. (1975). Phyllops vetus (Mammalia: Chiroptera) en Isla de Pinos. Misc. Zool. 1: 3.

Suárez, William and Diaz-Franco, Stephen. (2003). A New Fossil Bat (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae) from a Quaternary Cave Deposit in Cuba. Caribbean Journal of Science 39(3): 371-377.

Turvey, Samuel T. (2009). Holocene mammal extinctions, pp. 41-61. In: Turvey, Samuel T. (ed.). Holocene Extinctions. Oxford, UK & New York, USA: Oxford University Press. xii + 352 pp.

Turvey, Samuel T. and Fritz, Susanne A. (2011). The ghosts of mammals past: biological and geographical patterns of global mammalian extinction across the Holocene. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 366(1577): 2564-2576. [Supplementary Information]

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.

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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