2 Bat Species in Carara Park

The Northern Ghost Bat, Diclidurus albus (Wikipedia Link) is an obvious identification because the only other white bat in Central America is the Honduran White Bat and it has obvious yellow ears & nose, leaving this as the only other white bat. I’ve seen it twice in my nearly 10 years in Costa Rica and both times in Carara National Park where I got this photo more than a week ago.

Northern Ghost Bat, Carara National Park, Tarcoles, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Read on for the White-lined Bat . . .

The Greater White-lined Bat, Saccopteryx bilineata (Wikipedia Link) which is also called “Greater Sac-winged Bat,” is the most common bat in the rainforests of Central America and still called “White-lined” here. There is also a smaller, browner version called the “Lesser White-lined.” It is easy to confuse these with the Proboscis Bat (or Long-nosed Bat) because both have these white lines on them. In my gallery I put what the guides said it was and I’m not sure if all the IDs are correct or not between the White-lined and Proboscis. The one below my guide said is a Greater White-lined.

Greater White-lined Bat, Carara National Park, Tarcoles, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

I have just one bat gallery with all bat species in the same gallery including several unidentified bats.

¡Pura Vida!

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