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The genus Ariteus as currently understood is represented by a single species Ariteus flavescens, which is confined to island of Jamaica in the Greater Antilles. It is surprising given the restricted distribution of the species that it was among the first of the New World bats to be described (Gray, 183 1). Philip Henry Gosse (1851) was the first to publish on the natural history of this bat, but he described it under the name of two new species, which subsequently have been treated as junior synonyms of A. flavescens. Until the 1970s, less than 50 recent specimens of the genus were held in museum collections around the world and little additional information had been published on the species.