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The bats, an order of placental mammals of worldwide distribution, characterized by a modification of the forelimbs that enables them to fly. They are capable of emitting ultrasonic sounds that enable them to echolocate, find flying insect prey, and avoid objects in the dark. Though mostly insectivorous, some species feed on nectar, fruit, fish, and blood; the blood-feeding and insectivorous species are important reservoir hosts of rabies.
[chiro- + G. pteron, wing]
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the order of mammals that comprises the bats, the wings of which are formed from a membrane of skin, the patagium, stretched from the front to hind limbs and over the fingers (but not the thumb) of the forewing.
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Embryonic staging system for the short-tailed fruit bat, Carollia perspicillata, a model organism for the mammalian order Chiroptera, based upon timed pregnancies in captive-bred animals.
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Compilacao atualizada das especies de morcegos (Chiroptera) para a Amazonia Brasileira.
Emballonuridae Gervais, 1855 (Chiroptera) of Reserva Biologica de Saltinho (Atlantic Forest), in Brazil, revealed by echolocation.
coalescence: determining evolutionary relationships within the snake tribe Lampropeltini;" second-place, Dafne Gri Zarate-Martinez, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa, for the poster entitled "Intraspecific relationships of Pteronotus personatus (Chiroptera: Mormoopidae);" and third-place, Kathryn Michelle Benavidez, Texas State University, for the poster entitled "Leptospira prevalence in small mammals on Puerto Rican dairy farms."
2005: A review of the genus Scotophilus (Mammalia, Chiroptera, Vespertilionidae) on Madagascar, with the description of a new species.
Streblidae (Diptera: Calyptratae) parasitos de murcielagos (Mammalia: Chiroptera) cavernicolas del Centro y Sur de Mexico, con descripcion de una especie nueva del genero Trichobius.
Among mammals, rodents (Rodentia), especially voles (Microtus spp.), comprised the bulk of the diet, with the White-tailed Jackrabbit (Lepws townsendii) and bat (Chiroptera spp.) also being occasionally predated.