and body length of M. m. molossus is 59-65mm with tail
lengths of 30-39mm. Weights range from 10-14g. Upperparts are
pale gray brown to dark brown, base of hair is white, with longest
rump bristles 8-10mm (not apparent in some individuals). Underparts
are gray-brown. Fur is short and velvety, ears are also short
and do not extend to nose if laid forward. Antitragus is compressed
at the base, circular in shape. The snout is narrow and steeply
ridged. Facial skin and ears are brown. Tail length is sligtly
more than half the head and body length. Edge of calcar is hairless.
occurs in dry and semideciduous forest and in towns where it
roosts in houses, hollow trees and under palm leaves. More than
300 individuals may roost together between eaves or under corrugated
roofs, tolerating extremely high daytime temperatures.
diet consists mainly of beetles which M.
forages for after sunset.
is in Sinaloa and Coahuila (Mexico) to Peru, N Argewntina, Paraguay,
Uruguay, Brazil, and Guianas; Greater and Lesser Antilles; Florida
Kays (USA); Margarita Isl (Venezuela); Curacao and Bonaire (Netherlands
Antilles); Trinidad and Tobago.