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Related to Chiroptera: Artiodactyla, Lagomorpha, Insectivora, Tubulidentata


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]




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.


the order which comprises all of the 178 genera in 16 families of bats. Characterized by their ability to fly with the aid of an alar membrane which is attached to all four limbs and tail. They are fast fliers with a special sensory system to enable them to fly at their preferred time, dusk.
There are three groups, insectivorous e.g. Macrotus spp., fruit-eating e.g. Pteropus (called also flying foxes), and blood-drinking or vampire bats e.g. Desmodus, better known by their association with Nosferatu than as carriers of the rabies virus. (Much of the mythology of vampirism can be explained within the parameters of rabies epidemiology). Both fruit-eating and vampire bats are known to be involved in the spread of rabies and similar bat rabies viruses.
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hirsuta does not occur routinely on Chiroptera, either as ectoparasites or phoretically, and that van Emden's (1950) suggestion that flies may feed on the sweat of bats is probably not the case.
56 Species order (reference category: Artiodactyla) Chiroptera -6.
Distribution and status of the Chiroptera of Indiana, American Midland Naturalist 72:473 489.
In addition to aggregations in small areas, the class Mammalia and the orders Chiroptera and Carnivora also have aggregations of species in large areas of Texas.
The North American data are unimodal and very right skewed for Mammalia, Chiroptera and Rodentia.
If one does not consider species aggregations in large areas of Texas for Mammalia, Chiroptera and Carnivora, than the data exhibit basic similarities at both the continental and state scales.
The most noteworthy difference, between the data for Texas and the continental data, is that the Texas-pattern has aggregations of substantial size in large areas for Mammalia, Chiroptera, Carnivora and possibly Rodentia.
For example, biologists in only 6 of 11 parks and monuments in the Sonoran Desert inventory and Monitoring Network have studied bats and, of the three monuments considered to have nearly completed inventories of mammals, two neglected Chiroptera as a group of mammals (K.
as well as the number of species of the orders Chiroptera (31 sp.
as well as the individual species of the orders Chiroptera (31 sp.
The signs of mean annual precipitation and mean intermonthly variability of precipitation were negative for Mammalia, Chiroptera and Rodentia.