White-Shouldered Bat (Phyllops falcatus) eats fruit, mainly wild figs, and is sometimes called the Fig-eating Bat. Another common name is Falcate-winged Bat because of an unusual curved feature in the shape of the last bone in the wing. There is also a translucent membrane on the edge of the wing that is unique to this species. It lives only in Cuba, Hispaniola, Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac. This species is extremely rare and elusive. It had not been seen in the Cayman Islands since the early 1900s though its bones have been found in owl feeding roosts. Wildlife Biologist, Ms. Anne Louise Band rediscovered the White-shouldered Bat in a small remnant patch of forest in Lower Valley in April of the year 2000. White-shouldered Bats live in trees in small groups of no more than five individuals.
Caribbean endemic - Very Rare