Nectarivorous bats of the genus Leptonycteris are important pollinators of most species of maguey plants (Agave), and the distribution of these bats coincide with that of certain species of Agave, such as A. angustifolia (mezcal plant), A. salmiana (pulque plant), and A. tequilana (tequila plant). In areas with very low or nonexistent bat populations, Agave seed set is 5% of its maximum potential. A continuing decline of the populations of these nocturnal pollinators may impede the the reproductive success of these plants and may imperil the long-term survival of certain Agave species.
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