vampire bat

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vam·pire bat

a member of the genus Desmodus; an important reservoir host of rabies virus in Central and South America.

vampire bat

n.
1. Any of several bats of the subfamily Desmodontinae, found in subtropical and tropical regions of the Americas, that bite mammals and birds to feed on their blood and that often carry diseases such as rabies.
2. Any of various other bats, as those of the family Megadermatidae, erroneously believed to feed on blood.

vampire bat

vector for rabies in animals, humans. See desmodus rotundus murinus.
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Debido a que las tres especies de murcielagos hematofagos son muy parecidas entre si, fueron reunidas las principales caracteristicas morfologicas externas para la identificacion de la subfamilia Desmodontinae y tambien las que permiten diferenciar entre las especies de esta subfamilia.
In: de Castelnau, 1855 Peropteryx kappleri Peters, SA LC P 1867 Peropteryx kappleri kappleri Pr Peters, 1867 Peropteryx macrotis (Wagner, SA LC P 1843) Peropteryx macrotis macrotis (Wagner, 1843) Rhynchonycteris naso SA Pr LC P (Wied-Neuwied, 1820) Saccopteryx bilineata SA LC P (Temminck, 1838) Saccopteryx bilineata centralis Thomas,1904 Familia Phyllostomidae Gray, 1825 Subfamilia Desmodontinae Bonaparte, 1845 Desmodus rotundus (E.
Geoffroy, 1818) Glossophaga soricina Nectarivores (Pallas, 1766) Desmodontinae Desmodus rotundus Hematophages (E.
I Carolliinae Carollia perspicillata F Carollia brevicauda F Desmodontinae Desmodus rotundus H Glossophaginae Glossophaga soricina N Lophostoma silvicolum I Phyllostominae Phyllostomus discolor O Phyllostomus hastatus O Phyllostomidae Artibeus planirostris F Artibeus lituratus F Artibeus spp.