Information Which Will Make You Go Batty

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From leaf-engineering to complex social circles, there’s more to bats than flying and echolocation. (Charles J Sharp)

 

Five Reasons to Love Bats

October 27th, 2020

BY Erin Malsbury

Bats have had a rough year. Brought into the limelight by the coronavirus pandemic, their already spooky public image took wing for the worse. But they have more to worry about than bad press. Habitat loss, climate change, pesticides, hunting and a deadly disease called white-nose syndrome all threaten the survival of populations around the world. For Bat Week this year, we rounded up five reasons to love and conserve these misunderstood mammal.

Incredible diversity

Bats are one of the most diverse groups of mammals on the planet. Scientists have named over 1,400 bat species so far that range in size from the bumblebee bat (Craseonycteris thonglongyai) — which competes for the title of world’s smallest mammal with the Etruscan shrew (Suncus etruscus) — to the giant golden-crowned flying fox (Acerodon jubatus) and the giant Philippine fruit bat (Pteropus vampyrus lanensis), both of which have wingspans that can exceed five feet. Bats exist on every continent besides Antarctica, and they’ve adapted unique traits to fit habitats around the world.

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