Carollia perspicillata, Seba’s short-tailed bat, is an echolocating bat native to Central and South America. It is a member of Phyllostomidae, a group characterized by a spear-shaped noseleaf. The function of the noseleaf is unknown, but scientists suspect that it plays a role in projection of echolocation calls, which are emitted through the nose in some species (including all phyllostomids). Carollia is a fruit-eating bat that specializes on fruits of the genus Piper. It is often the most common bat species in regions where it occurs.
About the Species
This whole preserved specimen, a male, was collected from Paracou, Sinnamary, in French Guiana on 17 June 1991. It is now part of the American Museum of Natural History Mammalogy Collections (AMNH 266126). The specimen was made available for scanning by Dr. Nancy Simmons of the American Museum of Natural History. Funding for scanning was provided by a National Science Foundation grant (DEB-9873663) to Dr. Simmons, and funding for scanning and image processing was provided by a National Science Foundation Digital Libraries Initiative grant to Dr. Timothy Rowe of the Department of Geological Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin.
About this Specimen
The whole specimen was scanned by Matthew Colbert on 26 March 2002. The head and the anterior portion of the vertebral column shown here occupy 246 slices (out of a total of 706) in the original slice plane (coronal). Each slice is 0.1095 mm thick, with an interslice spacing of 0.1095 mm.