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Male Hammer-headed Fruit Bats (Hypsignathus monstrosus) make honking noises to attract mates.

1 Comment
2024/02/14
15:46 UTC

34

As much as 88% of the bat fossil record is missing. Because of their fragile bones, complete skeletons like the oldest known bat, Icaronycteris gunnelli, are extremely rare.

1 Comment
2023/12/22
06:00 UTC

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The penis of the male serotine (Eptesicus serotinus) is around 22% of its body length. In fact, it may be too large for penetrative sex.

3 Comments
2023/11/21
17:22 UTC

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Flying is exhausting. Bats are voracious.

0 Comments
2023/10/08
16:40 UTC

46

Thanks a shorter gut that prioritizes reducing weight for flight power, food travels the length of a bat’s digestive system in just 15–30 minutes.

2 Comments
2023/09/15
01:56 UTC

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Cave ecosystems are limited by nutrient availability. Bats bring in new nutrients via their guano, which is often the dominant energy resource of a cave.

1 Comment
2023/08/20
04:16 UTC

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There's a mysterious 10million year gap in the fossil record between proto-bats and modern bats.

2 Comments
2023/08/16
04:06 UTC

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Viruses increase their population in bats during the day, at their resting temperature. A bat's temperature can skyrocket by 40 degrees during their nightly exertions, thereby decreasing virus populations in a cyclical event.

3 Comments
2023/08/14
00:32 UTC

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Nectar-eating bats often have hairy tongues, with the hair-like structures acting as extra nectar scoops when they enlarge and stiffen with blood, similar to an erection.

1 Comment
2023/07/17
05:09 UTC

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Male Seba's Short-tailed Bats (Carollia perspicillata) will punch other males to defend their territory. They have a series of escalating displays before they reach that point to show they are both powerful and serious about throwing down.

2 Comments
2023/07/13
14:35 UTC

131

Vampire bats have a single pup after a 7 month pregnancy, compared to a similarly sized house mouse, which has six pups after a 3 week pregnancy.

9 Comments
2023/06/16
02:17 UTC

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8 Comments
2023/05/12
21:19 UTC

127

Happy Bat Appreciation Day!

4 Comments
2023/04/17
17:24 UTC

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The hammerhead bat is sometimes considered a pest, as the males gather in leks, loudly honking 60-120 times per minute. Here's a preserved one with 2 heads.

3 Comments
2023/04/15
22:38 UTC

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The nugget-shaped Soprano Pipistrelle is named for its elegant songs. They may eat up to 3000 small insects in a night. They were first described in 1999.

2 Comments
2023/04/15
17:16 UTC

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Wrinkled-face bats are from Central America, and eat fruit with their strong bite force. Males emit an intense odor from their chin to attract females.

5 Comments
2023/04/13
05:35 UTC

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