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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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perspicillata bats, a colonial species that can cohabitate with different species of chiropterans (14,15).
Eco-status and demographic changes among chiropterans of the Thar Desert with special reference to Jodhpur.
We also recorded other nocturnal animals such as Coyote (Canis latrans), Gray Fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus), chiropterans, and anurans.
Studies reporting the species richness and fauna of chiropterans in forest fragments were undertaken in the Parana State by Reis & Muller (1995), Reis et al.
The chiropterans are easily found in forests and present wide diversity regarding ecological aspects, as selection of diet, shelter and habitat and they have been considered as important environmental indicators of altered areas (Fenton et al., 1992; Medellin et al., 2000; Peters et al., 2006).
The input from 84 contributors to this revised text (as compared to 35 in the original) and the addition of co-editor Stuart Parsons makes Kunz's text an impressive collection of contemporary knowledge about chiropterans.
Kartono 2003 Diversity, relative abundance, and conservation of chiropterans in Kayan Mentarang National Park, East Kalimantan, Indonesia.
There are 12 species of insectivores; 34 species of chiropterans (bats); 17 species of primates; 3 species of pholidotes (pangolins); 34 species of tubulidentates (aardvarks), proboscideans (elephants) and hydrochoerids; and 12 species of artiodactyls (ungulates such as camel or pig); including 2 species of rodent and 3 species of insectivore that were first described in the 1960s.
Remains of eight orders of land mammals, including insectivores, chiropterans, a lagomorph, a large carnivore, rodents, horses, a prosynthetocerine, and a gomphothere, have been recovered.
New records of chiropterans for the province of Corrientes, Argentina.