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