Saccopteryx bilineata, the greater sac-winged bat, lives in Central and South America. They are among the most common bats actually seen in the rainforest because they often roost on the outside of large tree buttresses. They are aerial insectivores that emit echolocation calls through the mouth. The long nose and upper lip are highly mobile, facilitated by a “free” (unfused and unsutured) premaxilla that can shift upward when the mouth is opened to enlarge the gape.
About the Species
This specimen, a male, was collected in French Guiana, Paracou, near Sinnamary on 13 August 1991. It is now part of the American Museum of Natural History Mammalogy Collections (AMNH 265962). 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 entire specimen was scanned by Matthew Colbert on 27 March 2002. The head and the anterior portion of the vertebral column shown here occupy 201 slices (out of a total of 786) in the original slice plane (coronal). Each slice is 0.1091 mm thick, with an interslice spacing of 0.1091 mm.