Definition of hog-nosed bat in English:

hog-nosed bat

(also Kitti's hog-nosed bat)


  • A tiny insectivorous bat with a piglike nose and no tail, native to Thailand. It is the smallest known mammal.

    Craseonycteris thonglongyai, the only member of the family Craseonycteridae

    Also called bumblebee bat
    • ‘The smallest bat is Kitti's hog-nosed bat that is the size of a jelly bean and weighs less than a penny.’
    • ‘The smallest bat, the Kitti's hog-nosed bat, is also the smallest known mammal.’
    • ‘The Kitti's hog-nosed bat forages for insects around the canopy of bamboo and teak trees in Thailand.’
    • ‘Among the microbats, Kitti's hog-nosed bat is found only in a few caves on the Thai-Burmese border.’
    • ‘World-wide, there are almost 1000 different species of bat, ranging from the tropical flying fox, with a wing-span of almost 2 metres, down to the hog-nosed bat of south-east Asia, which is little bigger than a large bumble-bee.’
    • ‘Kitti's hog-nosed bat, also called the bumblebee bat, has a wing span of about 160 mm.’
    • ‘The smallest species - the Kitti's hog-nosed bat - is about the size of a bumblebee and is thought to be the worlds smallest mammal!’
    • ‘A great variety of plants and wildlife, including wild elephants and the hog-nosed bats, have been found to inhibit the pristine forests of Burma and Thailand along the pipeline route.’
    • ‘The hog-nosed bat from Thailand is probably the smallest of all bats and is among the smallest of mammals.’


The animal was first discovered in the 1970s by the Thai zoologist Kitti Thonglongya.