Definitions

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  • n. Any of the small bats in the suborder Microchiroptera.

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  • n. typically having large ears and feeding primarily on insects; worldwide in distribution

Etymologies

micro- +‎ bat (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A few other tetrapod-eating bats can be found in other microbat clades, like Vespertilionidae (more on them in next post).

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  • Alas, a recent review found that this arrangement was not as well supported by the data as is the traditional view of microbat monophyly (Jones et al. 2002).

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  • At approximately 11cm, they are the biggest microbat in Australia, but are still a third of the size of the fruit bats common to Sydney, and are usually found in North Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia.

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  • They’re superficially like megadermatids, and even bigger, with Linnaeus’ false vampire Vampyrum spectrum having a wingspan of about 1 m (making it the largest microbat).

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