Honduran white bat (Ectophylla alba)
The Honduran white bat has snow white fur and a yellow nose and ears. It is tiny, only 3.7-4.7 cm long. It is found in Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and western Panama at elevations from sea level to 700 m. It feeds at least in part on fruit. The Honduran white bat cuts the side veins extending out from the midrib of the large leave of the Heliconia plant causing them to fold down to form a ‘tent’. They cling to the roof of this tent in small colonies of up to half a dozen individuals, consisting of one male and a harem of females. The tent protects them from rain and predators. The White bat is listed as “Near Threatened”.