Definition of hog-nosed bat in US 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 Kitti's hog-nosed bat forages for insects around the canopy of bamboo and teak trees in Thailand.’
    • ‘The smallest bat, the Kitti's hog-nosed bat, is also the smallest known mammal.’
    • ‘The hog-nosed bat from Thailand is probably the smallest of all bats and is among the smallest of mammals.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Kitti's hog-nosed bat, also called the bumblebee bat, has a wing span of about 160 mm.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The smallest bat is Kitti's hog-nosed bat that is the size of a jelly bean and weighs less than a penny.’


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