This image floated across my monitor a few weeks ago, supposedly of a dog-faced bat. I had to check it out – it looks so ridiculous. Is this really a dog-faced bat? Or another cryptid lurking in the woods? CryptoVille investigates!
First, let’s look at the picture on the right. This creature really seems to have a dog-like head. The muzzle is long and pretty wide, and that sure looks like a dog’s nose. There’s even longer fur around the neck. But isn’t it a little big for that body? Out of proportion? How could it fly like that? It seems unreal.
And that is because it is unreal. My friends, this “dog-faced bat” is just another Photoshopped hoax that some sites are trying to convince us is an African Fruit Bat (Eppomops buettikoferi). It is not. Here is a real photo of E. buettikoferi:
As always, these silly hoaxes got me thinking. Is there such a thing as a dog-faced bat? Well, I’m happy to tell you there certainly is, and there is quite a pack of them! In fact, scientists have taken to calling them Sky Puppies! Let’s take a look at some.
Dog-faced bats come down through the tree of scientific classification as Mammals in the Order of Chiroptera, Family Molossidae, then they diverge into one of two genera: Cynomops or Molossops. Many live in Asia from China down and through South-east Asia while many others live in South America.
Let’s go through a list of some examples from South America in no particular order.
Greenhall’s Dog-Faced Bat (Cynomops greenhalli) lives in northeast Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, the Guianas, Peru, Venezuela, and Trinidad. They grow between 1.5 inches (40mm) and almost 4 inches (97 mm) eating a diet consisting of insects. They’re colored a yellowish brown to black with a grayish undercarriage. They roost in the hollows of trees and males and females mix all year long. Photo below:
Dwarf Dog-Faced Bat (Molossops temminckii) lives in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Paraguay, and Uruguay. They grow to an average 1.2 inches (33 mm) in length. Males are larger than females and they all eat a diet of insects. Photo below:
Para Dog-Faced Bat (Cynomops paranus) lives in northern Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Panama, Peru, Surinam, and Venezuela. Photo below:
Cinnamon Dog-Faced Bat (Cynomops abrasus) lives in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela. Photo below:
Mexican Dog-Faced Bat (Cymomops mexicanus) lives from Nayarit Mexico to Costa Rica at elevations nearly a mile high (1500 m). They thrive in deciduous and evergreen forests, and need a water source nearby. Photo below:
Southern Dog-Faced Bat (Cynomops planirostris) lives in northern Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela. Photo below:
Mato Grosso Dog-Faced Bat (Molossops mattogrossensis) lives in Brazil, Colombia, Guyana, and Venezuela. Photo below:
Rufous Dog-Faced Bat (Molossops neglectus) lives in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Guyana, Peru, and Suriname. Photo below:
There are too many to include here, but if you’re interested in learning more, start with the sites I visited in the Reference section below.
So, what do you think of these amazing creatures? Cute? Or Bowow? 😉