Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In Wachsmuth and Springer's classification of the Crinoidea, an order containing forms in which the arms are free above the radials and the posterior side of the tegmen is extended into an elongate sac or ventral tube. The ambulacra are tegminal and roofed over by covering pieces. Cyathocrinus, Poteriocrinus, and Lecythocrinus are examples of the order. Most of the genera are Paleozoic: none survive after the Trias.
“Anoura fistulata is only the size of a mouse, but its tongue is around 8.5 centimetres long more than double the tongue-length of similar nectar bats.”
“This flower is unique because it relies exclusively on fistulata to pollinate it.”
“I immediately thought of pangolins on reading the news about the Tube-lipped nectar bat Anoura fistulata: the pangolin tongue 'roots' on the xiphisternum, a rod-like cartilaginous extension of the breastbone located on the ventral surface of the abdomen.”
“Muchhala and his colleagues tested the hypothesis by capturing six nectar bats (Anoura fistulata and A. geoffroyi) and releasing the bats one at a time in a flight cage.”
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