Temporal range: Late Pleistocene
Suárez and Díaz-Franco, 2003
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.
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.
- "Phyllops silvai". http://www.fossilworks.org/cgi-bin/bridge.pl?a=taxonInfo&taxon_no=159103.
- Suárez, William; Diaz-Franco, Stephen (2003). "A New Fossil Bat (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae) from a Quaternary Cave Deposit in Cuba.". Caribbean Journal of Science 39 (3): 371–377. https://www.academia.edu/7987590/A_New_Fossil_Bat_Chiroptera_Phyllostomidae_from_a_Quaternary_Cave_Deposit_in_Cuba.
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