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2009-07-29 10:23:16

A bizarre New Zealand bat that is as much at home walking four-legged on the ground as winging through the air had an Australian ancestor 20 million years ago with the same rare ability, a new study has found.The discovery overturns a long-held held view that the agile walking and climbing skills of the lesser short-tailed bat - Mystacina tuberculata "“ evolved in the absence of any ground-dwelling mammal competitors or predators, says an international team of researchers led by Dr...


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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...

Seba's Short-tailed Bat, Carollia perspicillata
2012-06-28 21:07:53

Seba's short-tailed bat (Carollia perspicillata) is native to South and Central America, and it was one of the most widespread of bat species in that range. It prefers to live in habitats with arid deciduous and moist evergreen forests. It will roost in colonies numbering between 10 and 100 individuals within hollow trees, caves, and tunnels. Its main diet consists of over 50 species of fruits, but it will also consume insects and pollen. Seba’s short-tailed bat is listed on the IUCN Red...

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Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.