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(kī-rŏp′tər-ən) also


Any of various mammals of the order Chiroptera, having forelimbs modified as wings; a bat.

chi·rop′ter·an adj.
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Comparative analysis of chiropteran gastrointestinal tract morphology can undoubtedly evidence important features to further our knowledge on the phylogenetic relations of this group, as well as to better understand the evolutionary process as a whole, by means of comparative data on the relation between adaptative radiation and availability of resources in the environment (Forman et al.
Use of character matrices and identification keys are authentic tools to identify different chiropteran species (Daniel 2009; Srinivasulu et al.
The chiropteran biodiversity of the country is, however, comparable to other regions of the world with similar climate and topography.
In contrast to some studies that suggest bats may be an important dietary component of tropical barn owls (MacFarlane and Garret, 1989; Vargas et al, 2002), we found no chiropteran among prey recovered from roosts at Gold Button Lagoon.
New records of bats from Brazil with a list of additional species for the chiropteran fauna of the state of Acre, western Amazon basin.
Such information would greatly assist in defining the relative importance of each of these resources to the big brown bat and help us understand why this species seems to be prospering while most other members of the chiropteran community are in decline.
Noteworthy records of bats from Nicaragua, with a checklist of the chiropteran fauna of the country.
chiropteran, carnivore, primate) host switches, such as suspected for SARS-CoV, have occurred for 2c clade bat CoVs remains unknown.
The existence of multiple-year data, large numbers of roost structures, diversity in the chiropteran community, ease of comparison with Prairie Creek, and presence of easily accessible colonies of the northern myotis make the airport's bat community worthy of further research.
This record brings the total number of chiropteran species known to occur in the Caatinga biome to 78 (see Paglia et al.
These studies point to a wide, and still poorly described, geographic distribution for viruses of the family Filoviridae in chiropteran hosts.