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Bats
cheap flightsBats come in two distinct types. Megabats (megachiroptera) and Microbats (microchiroptera). They have very different characteristics. To see a sample of an outline that can be used to write a report comparing mega and microbats, click here.
    Megabats
  • Large in size.
  • Very prominent eyes.
  • Do not use echolocation. Use sight instead.
  • Small ears compared to microbats.
  • Commonly called fruit bats due to their diet.
    Microbats
  • Small in size compared to fruit bats.
  • Unusual facial features.
  • Small eyes.
  • Large ears.
  • Use echolocation.

Here are some pictures of different types of bats. Bats live on all continents except for antarctica. Bats are the largest group of mammals in the world and make up about 20% of all mammals (1 out of every 5). Megabats are important for pollination of night blooming plants. Microbats are important in keeping the insect population down. Many bats are endangered due to habitat destruction and ignorance about how important they are to the ecology. The only bat which causes any destruction that affects people is the vampire bat, which feeds on cattle in Mexico and South America. Bats come in all kinds of sizes from the bumble bee bat, which is often mistaken for a bee, and some megabats which can have a wingspan of up to five feet. While there are some mammals in the animal world that have wings, the bat is one of the only mammals that can actually fly. The membrane that is located between its body and fingers allows it to propel itself forward with a flapping motion.

This is how bats are classified:

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Chiroptera

    Click on the picture to see a large classification chart
    Bat Taxonomy

    Bats live in colonies and care for each other's young in bat nurseries. A mother bat can recognize her baby's cry from thousands of other bats.

    Megabats (Fruit Bats)
    Click on the picture to see a large picture
    Hoduran White
    Hoduran White
    Grey Headed Flying Fox
    Grey Heated Flying Fox
    Wahlberg's Epauleted Bat
    Wahlberg's Epauleted Bat
    Microbats
    Click on the picture to see a large picture
    Chapin's Free-Tailed Bat
    Chapin's Free-Tailed Bat
    False Vampire Bat
    False Vampire Bat
    Frog Eating Bat
    Frog Eating Bat
    Gothic Bat
    Gothic Bat
    Pallid Bat
    Pallid Bat
    Spotted Bat
    Spotted Bat
    Townsend's Big-Eared Bat
    Townsend's Big Eared Bat

    Bat Links
    BallBat Conservation International
    BCI is run by Dr. Merlin Tutle, the world's premier expert on bats.
    BallBats for Kids
    Lots of facts and information for kids including a 24 hour live bat cam.
    BallQuicktime Movie of Bats leaving a cave in Malasia.
    Takes several minutes to download at 56k.
    BallBat Knowledge Quiz
    BallBats are Beaut
    Ages 3-10 bat activities online.
    BallBat House Temperature Plot
    One man's attempt to create a perfect environment to attract bats. Tons of links to bat sites.
    BallChiroptera
    Basic facts about bats in general.
    BallBat Atlas
    Research project in Australia concerning censusing Flying Foxes.
    BallThe Story of Echo the Bat
    Nasa website with an illustrated bat story meant for kids.
    BallRoyal Ontario Museum
    Visit the bat cave.
    BallBrainstorm Bats
    Facts, anatomy, and echolocation.
    BallBat Conservation Trust
    BallLearn About Bats
    BallBats: Facts vs. Fiction
    BallBats of Arizona
    BallBat Facts
    BallFruit Bats at the Boise Zoo
    BallAbout Bats: General text information
    BallBats
    BallBats: Nature's Insect Control
    BallInsect and Bat pictures (black & white)

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