Feb 27, 2010

Megabats

According to Mrs. Rutkowski, these three bats (Wahlberg's epauleted bat, the Honduran white, and the gray-headed flying fox) are good examples of megabats (UPDATE: it turns out that the Honduran white is NOT a megabat. But I'll leave it here to the comments make sense).


What's a megabat? The name itself can be a bit misleading, as the smallest of this group is only about 2.4 inches long. In general, they're fruit eaters and nectar lickers. They don't use echolocation (except for an Egyptian species). This is all in contrast to microbats, who tend to use echolocation and eat insects.

Of course, no where in the line up is the draculabat. I think we may have a certain Transylvanian editing Wikipedia for his own purposes.




8 comments:

Deaf Indian Muslim Anarchist! said...

I love bats. I've always wanted to have a pet bat...

Jelo said...

The honduran white bats aren't ugly at all, they're adorable! That's why I never submitted the pics I have in my PC.

Danielle said...

I recently had a conversation at a party about bats being adorable. No one agreed with me, but I stuck to my guns.

Neil said...

Honduran White Bat is actually a microbat, like all New World Bats. That "leaf" on the nose is a dead giveaway that they are echolocators.

Anonymous said...

Check out Bat Conservation International www.batcon.org for all sorts of cool info on bats and how important they are to the world's various ecosystems. I'm a proud member and I love bats.

Great post!

Raging Wombat said...

Dangit! I was wondering about the Honduran white. Mrs. Rutkowski lied to me!

Sylvia said...

I hate it when someone gives me a bit piece of fruit to eat and then takes my picture...

Raging Wombat said...

Sylvia, that's exactly why I've stopped eating my fruit whole.