Centurio

In January 2018, I had the rare opportunity to observe the legendary wrinkle-faced bats (Centurio senex) drinking from a water remain of a dried-out riverbed in Costa Rica. It was amazing to watch them dipping their naked faces into the water.

David Hörmann and Andreas Rose taking pictures
David and I waiting for the next bat to photograph. At that time, we were actually working on a project investigating the functions of distress calls in Glossophaga.

Centurio senex drinking

Centurio senex drinking

Centurio senex drinking

Centurio senex drinking

Centurio senex drinking

 

Look at this Centurio we accidentally mist-netted in our Glossophaga project. Better be careful, they are said to have the strongest bite ever measured in a bat!

 

Besides Centurio, the water remains were used by a variety of other species, including Artibeus lituratusDermanura sp., Echistenes hartii, Platyrhinus helleri etc.

 

… and by cats
Ozelot visiting us