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2008-12-12 12:34:55

Annemarie Surlykke from the University of Southern Denmark is fascinated by echolocation. She really wants to know how it works. Surlykke equates the ultrasound cries that bats use for echolocation with the beam of light from a torch: you won't see much with the light from a small bulb but you could see several hundred meters with a powerful beam. Surlykke explains that it's the same with echolocating bats. Some have big powerful calls for perception over a long range, while others are said...


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Great Fruit-Eating Bat, Artibeus lituratus
2013-06-27 12:20:08

The great fruit-eating bat (Artibeus lituratus) is a species of leaf-nosed bat that can be found in Central and South America. Its range extends from Brazil and Argentina to Mexico and includes Barbados, Grenada, Saint Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago, among other areas. It prefers a habitat in forests and other natural areas. It can reach an average body length of 2.2 ounces. This species has a stable population, although it is slightly threatened by habitat destruction due to deforestation....

Pygmy Fruit-eating Bat, Artibeus phaeotis
2012-07-05 09:42:00

The pygmy fruit-eating bat (Artibeus phaeotis) is a species that is native to Central America. It resides in tropical deciduous forests in a range that includes southern areas of North America and northern areas of South America. It has been seen foraging at altitudes of up to 3937 feet, but it is  more common at lower altitudes. The pygmy fruit-eating bat is typically dark brown or grey brown in color, with medium sized ears that can be framed with white fur. It can reach an average body...

Jamaican Fruit Bat, Artibeus jamaicensis
2012-06-29 13:18:33

The Jamaican fruit bat (Artibeus jamaicensis), also known as the Mexican fruit bat or the common fruit bat, is native to South and Central America. It can also be found in the Greater and Lesser Antilles. Its range extends from southern Mexico to northwestern Argentina, and also includes the islands of Tobago, Trinidad, and the Florida Keys. It prefers habitats at elevations between sea level and 7,004 feet in humid and tropical areas. It can be found in cloud forests and arid habitats as...

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