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Latest Animal echolocation Stories

Bat DNA Analysis Provides Key Evolutionary Insights
2012-12-21 14:56:48

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A comparative genetic analysis of two distantly related bat species has revealed new insights into the evolutionary development of flight and disease resistance, according to a new report in the latest edition of the journal Science. As the only mammals capable of sustained flight, bats are an anomaly in the animal world. They also have a predilection for transmitting diseases that do not appear to affect the animals themselves....

US Navy Bomb-Sniffing Dolphins Get The Axe, Replaced By Robots
2012-12-03 14:18:07

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Dolphins are remarkable creatures. Their impeccable eyesight, exceptional sonar abilities and gracefulness underwater not only make them an undersea wonder, it also aids in their ability to hunt and track down prey. Marine biologists are well aware of the intelligence of dolphins and have been studying and training them for years. These gentle marine mammals have even been used for national security, protecting our borders...

Living The Night Life Bats Are Needed All The Time-Not Just On Halloween
2012-10-31 15:03:13

National Science Foundation Researchers are identifying the important ecological and economic contributions of bats; gleaning lessons from incredible bat abilities that may advance technology; and helping to battle a new fatal bat epidemic The sight of bats hanging upside down in creepy caves or fleeing in fluttery flocks from their subterranean haunts at dusk like "bats out of hell" may spook even the most rational, otherwise unflappable observer. Nevertheless, on every day (and...

Dolphins Are Vigilant Sleepers
2012-10-18 11:28:52

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The demands of living at sea require constant vigilance, including when these animals´ circadian rhythms dictate the need for sleep. Dolphins meet these 24-hour security requirements by sleeping with one half of their brain while surfacing to breath and avoiding predators with the other half, according to new research published this week in PLoS ONE. A group of San Diego researchers has shown that these marine mammals have...

New Tool Can Identify Bats By Sound
2012-08-07 11:17:02

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Have you ever tried to tell the difference between 34 different bat species? Like a fingerprint or the specific pitch and timbre of a person´s voice can differentiate one human from another, so, too, can the subtleties in squeaks and squelches set one bat apart from the others. Now, a team of ecologists have built an echo-location tool which can identify specific bats based on their vocal signatures. The new tool,...

Sex Can Be A Very 'Risky Business' For Flies In Bat Territory
2012-07-24 13:30:39

[ Watch The Video ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online According to a study in the July 24th issue of Current Biology,  bats eavesdrop on the sounds of fly sex to earn themselves a super-sized dinner deal: two flies for the price of one.  For flies living with bats in a cowshed, sex really could be the death of you. The study is the first to show that increased conspicuousness to hungry predators is a huge downside of sex, the researchers say. "When...

Are Dolphins Math Whizzes?
2012-07-18 16:42:40

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Dolphins can perform complex math equations when hunting, suggesting that these animals are far more skilled mathematically than scientists had previously given them credit for, according  to new research published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society A. The inspiration for the study came after lead author Tim Leighton, of the University of Southampton, watched an episode of Blue Planet on the Discovery Channel....

Whales Coping With Undersea Noise
2012-07-17 18:36:16

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Because extremely loud noises can travel underwater for thousands of miles, they cause over a quarter-million sea creatures to suffer some kind of hearing loss every year, a number experts warn is on the rise. The good news is that whales are able to consciously decrease their hearing sensitivity and prevent hearing loss if given ample warning of an impending loud noise, according to a pair of marine biologists who published their...

2012-05-10 09:43:55

Hearing health, animal communication, volcanic noise, and more The latest news and discoveries from the science of sound will be featured at Acoustics 2012 Hong Kong, May 13-18, a joint meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), Acoustical Society of China, Western Pacific Acoustics Conference, and the Hong Kong Institute of Acoustics. Experts in acoustics will present research spanning a diverse array of disciplines, including medicine, music, speech communication, noise, and...

2012-04-16 02:20:20

LEASBURG, Mo., April 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- U-Haul today announced the release of 1,900 new moving vans showcasing the red bat and some of the finest caverns in the state of Missouri, found below the surfaces of Onondaga Cave State Park. This newest SuperGraphic, honoring the state of Missouri, has been created to help people learn about the complex communication systems used by bats, which reveal their dependence on echolocation. The red bat's reputation is that of the cutest,...


Latest Animal echolocation Reference Libraries

Brandt’s Bat, Myitus brandtii
2013-10-11 08:07:41

The Brandt’s bat has a large population in northwest of England but is endangered in Austria. The Brandt’s Bat has shaggy brown fur with a pale grey belly. This bat is not a large bat and weighs less than half an ounce and measures up to two inches long. Its wingspan is more than triple its body length at 7.5 to 9.5 inches. Brandt’s bat eats only insects (insectivorous) and is not blind. However, echolocation is used for “night-vision,” so that while hunting at night it does...

Common Noctule, Nyctalus noctula
2013-09-17 13:48:36

The common noctule bat is commonly found in Europe, Asia, and North Africa. This bat has a body length of three inches with a wingspan of approximately 14 inches. It is the largest bat found in Europe. It commonly lives in forests but due to human growth there have been populations found in towns dwelling in buildings such as church steeples. The common noctule starts to hunt and fly at dusk which is earlier than other members of the species. These bats fly at speeds up to 31 miles per...

New Zealand lesser short-tailed bat, Mystacina tuberculata
2013-09-17 13:41:27

The lesser short-tailed bat is only found in New Zealand and is the only living species of bat in the Mystacinidae Family. The short-tail is commonly located on the North Island of New Zealand using the forests as its habitat. Roosting is done primarily alone but there have been known colonies of over 100 bats. It prefers to use already hollowed trees or crevices but will chew out a burrow in the wood using its sharp incisor teeth. These roosting locations are only used for a few weeks...

Greater Horseshoe Bat, Rhinolophus ferrumequinum
2012-09-03 06:50:52

The greater horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus ferrumequinum) can be found in Japan, Africa, Europe, China, South Asia, Korea, and Australia. It prefers a habitat in warm regions, with open scrub and trees, human settlements, and bodies of water like ponds. It will also inhabit older orchards, glades within woodlands, and permanent pastures, among other areas. Many of its roosts occur in houses in the northern areas of its range and in caves in the southern areas of its range. These bats travel to...

Mehely's Horseshoe Bat, Rhinolophus mehelyi
2012-08-29 12:52:07

Mehely’s horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus mehelyi) can be found in areas of the Middle East and Eastern Europe, and has a fragmented range. It lives in caves, with a preference for limestone caves with a nearby body of water. It will sometimes roost with other species of horseshoe bats within these caves. It is a medium sized bat, with pale lips and dense fur.  The fur is typically whitish gray in color, with darker fur appearing on the back and lighter fur appearing on the underbelly. As is...

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