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A profile of the lesser long-nosed bat

Although Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument has its share of insect-eating bats, our hero of the Sonoran Desert is the lesser long-nosed bat (Leptonycteris curasoae), a nectar feeding bat. Without this bat the Sonoran Desert would look much different.

The lesser long-nosed bat is found throughout southern Arizona and extreme southwestern New Mexico, through western Mexico, and south to El Salvador. With a wingspan of nearly 16 inches, this dark brown bat is one of the larger bats in North America. It has rather large eyes for its size, and small ears. This is an indication that

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