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Diclidurus albus

(Northern Ghost Bat)

Common Names

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Common Names in Catalan, Valencian:

Ratpenat blanc de palmera

Common Names in Czech:

netopýr bílý

Common Names in Dutch:


Common Names in English:

Northern Ghost Bat

Common Names in Polish:

Gacek biały


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Typically found at an altitude of 0 to 1,167 meters (0 to 3,829 feet).[1]

Ecology: D. albus prefer humid habitats like riparian and tropical rainforests but have been found in human-disturbed areas like plantations, clearings, and over villages (Ceballos and Médelin 1988). They are solitary, and like all members of the family are insectivorous (Ceballos and Médelin 1988).[2].

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Name Status: Accepted Name .

Last scrutiny: 08-Jun-2004

Controversy abounds over who deserves the credit for naming D. albus. Oken may have been responsible, but credit is usually given to Wied-Neuwied (1820) (Potchynok and Myers 2006). Populations in Central America may be distinct species referable to D. virgo but more study is needed (B .K. Lim pers. comm. ).[2].

Similar Species

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Members of the genus Diclidurus

ZipcodeZoo has pages for 4 species and subspecies in this genus:

D. albus (Northern Ghost Bat) · D. ingens (Greater Ghost Bat) · D. isabellus (Isabelle's Ghost Bat) · D. scutatus (Lesser Ghost Bat)

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Further Reading

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Data Sources

Accessed through GBIF Data Portal December 06, 2007:



  1. Mean = -61.200 meters (-200.787 feet), Standard Deviation = 1,291.260 based on 5 observations. Altitude information for each observation from British Oceanographic Data Centre. [back]
  2. Lim, B., Miller, B., Reid, F., Arroyo-Cabrales, J., Cuarón, A.D. & de Grammont, P.C. 2008. Diclidurus albus. In: IUCN 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.2. <>. Downloaded on 31 January 2012. [back]
Last Revised: 2014-11-20