Biology:Phyllops silvai

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Short description: Extinct species of bat

Phyllops silvai
Temporal range: Late Pleistocene
Scientific classification edit
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Family: Phyllostomidae
Genus: Phyllops
P. silvai
Binomial name
Phyllops silvai
Suárez and Díaz-Franco, 2003[1]

Phyllops silvai, also known as Silva's fig-eating bat, is a recently extinct species of bat from western Cuba. It is a close relative of the living Cuban fig-eating bat.


It lived during the Late Pleistocene. Radiometric date from a sample of long bones of the extinct barn owl Tyto noeli - directly associated with the type material of P. silvai - gave an age of 17,406 ± 161 YBP. Calibration of the same sample gave ages from 20,050 to 21,474 YBP.[2]


P. silvai differs from P. falcatus and another extinct relative, P. vetus, by a longer skull, wider postorbital width and long facial region. Its rostrum is larger and upturned with nares dorsally directed, higher than wide.


Wikidata ☰ Q107980152 entry