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Bats (14 pictures)

Bats are flying mammals in the order Chiroptera. The forelimbs of bats are webbed and developed as wings, making them the only mammals naturally capable of true and sustained flight. By contrast, other mammals said to fly, such as flying squirrels, gliding possums and colugos, glide rather than fly, and only for short distances. Bats do not flap their entire forelimbs, like birds, but instead flap their spread out digits, which are very long and covered with a thin membrane or patagium. Chiroptera comes from two Greek words, cheir “hand” and pteron “wing.”

There are about 1,100 bat species worldwide, which represent about twenty percent of all classified mammal species. About 70% of bats are insectivores. Most of the rest are frugivores, or fruit eaters. A few species feed from animals other than insects. Bats are present throughout most of the world and perform vital ecological roles such as pollinating flowers and dispersing fruit seeds. Many tropical plants depend entirely on bats for the distribution of their seeds.

Bats range in size from Kitti’s Hog-nosed Bat measuring 29–33 mm (1.14–1.30 in) in length and 2 g (0.07 oz) in mass, to the Giant Golden-crowned Flying-fox which has a wing span of 1.5 m (4 ft 11 in) and weighs approximately 1.2 kg (3 lb). [source]

First photo: Malayan flying fox / Credit: afagen


Eastern red bat. Credit: billy liar


Little bats. Credit: pierre pouliquin


Brown long-eared bat (Plecotus auritus) Credit: wolf 359 


Poor lil bat.. Credit: CascadeFoto


Smile for the Camera (Eptesicus fuscus) Credit: Furryscaly


Credit: Lee Carson


Yoda the microbat. Credit: teejaybee 


Probably the Little Red; Pteropus scapulatus. Credit: mgjefferies


Baby On Board. Credit: Vermin Inc


Kabog – Fruit Bat – Common Island Flying Fox. Credit: smallislander


Hanging Out. Credit: aussiegall


Ruins by the sea. Credit: ~Brenda-Starr~