; order Chiroptera, suborder Microchiroptera)
A family of bats in most of which the nose leaf is simple and shaped like a spearhead, point uppermost, the nostrils being visible through it. The ears are mobile and well separated. Most are insectivorous, but some feed on vertebrates, while others are omnivorous or feed on fruit or nectar. They are distributed widely from the southern USA to northern Argentina, and in the W. Indies. There are 48 genera, and more than 120 species.
Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.