Smallest Species of Bat in the World

If you thought bats were creepy creatures hanging upside down in dark caves, think again!

The world of bats is incredibly diverse.

One species, in particular, is capturing the attention of scientists and bat enthusiasts alike – Kitti’s hog-nosed bat, also known as the bumblebee bat.

Kitti’s Hog-Nosed Bat is a species of bat found only in Thailand and Myanmar.

This bat is one of the smallest mammals on record, measuring just 33mm in length and having a wingspan of around 40–50mm.

It is also the world’s only living genus within its family, Craseonycteridae.

The Kitti’s Hog-Nosed Bat has distinctly long ears that extend beyond the tip of its snout, giving it its common name.

Its fur ranges from gray to light brown with pale edges, while its underbelly is white and furry.

However, Kitti’s Hog-Nosed Bat lives in limestone caves or old buildings  near rivers and streams, which it uses as its primary food source.

It feeds on small flying insects such as midges, mosquitos, and other tiny bugs.

Although considered rare, recent surveys have suggested that the species is more commonly found in Thailand than initially believed.

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