- Scientific Name
- Thailand, Myanmar
Pronunciation: kray-see-oh-nik-ter-is thon-glon-vye
Conservation Status: Near Threatened (IUCN Red List)
Fun Fact: The Kitti’s Hog-nosed Bat is the smallest species of bat and is the smallest mammal in length. (The Etruscan shrew, Suncus etruscus, is slightly smaller by weight.)
Also called the Bumblebee Bat, this bat is found only in restricted parts of western Thailand and areas of Myanmar. Kitti’s Hog-nosed Bats roost in limestone caves and limestone outcrops near rivers.
In addition to being very small, Kitti’s Hog-nosed Bats are generally reddish-brown or grey with distinctive pig-like snouts. They forage for insects in short bouts and are thought to feed mainly on small flies and flying ants. Foraging ranges are limited, with most bats staying within one kilometer of their roost sites. They roost in small groups, averaging about 100 individuals within caves.
With so few known populations, there is limited information about this bat. Main threats to this bat are human disturbance due to fertilizer collection and limestone mining resulting in habitat loss.