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todaysbat · 4 months ago
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obsidian-snowflake-09 · a year ago
Corona Virus evolved in bats.
That means it was in virus' special forces bootcamp and graduated summa cum laude.
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mindblowingscience · 2 months ago
Fruit bats might not have the greatest eyesight, but they know a good smell when they sniff one.
Even in the dark of night, the olfactory receptors in their brains can bind to a whole array of specific odors wafting into the air, allowing these tropical pollinators to track down nearby fruit for a midnight snack.
In fact, we might have bats to thank for the spicy scent of peppers. Recent fieldwork in Costa Rica has now found evidence that pepper plants and short-tailed fruit bats have coevolved over millions of years.
Researchers say the volatile organic compounds (VOCs), responsible for the smell of ripe peppercorn berries, appear to be uniquely tuned to the olfactory receptors in local bats.
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marcyhasaneyeinherchest · 2 months ago
Cursed biology fact in some species male goats and bats can lactate.
So goats and bats say trans rights.
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bogleech · 8 months ago
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aammorbidccuriosity · 7 months ago
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Dumb concept; bats hibernated through some catastrophic disaster, ending up as almost the only surviving terrestrial group of mammals & radiating out in to a series of absurd forms Dixon style. Here we see an ant eating bat, & a more derived hooved hyena like bat. Will post more
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agapornithinae · a month ago
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Blue-crowned hanging parrot ~ Loriculus galgulus
The blue-crowned hanging parrot is a mainly green parrot that is rather small, only reaching 13cm in length. It is found in the lowland forests of southern Burma and Thailand, Malaya, Singapore, and Indonesia.
The males and females of the species do differ in appearance. Typically, the males’ blue crown is much larger and more vibrant in colour and their red throat rarely occurs in the females. The females also lac the yellow lower back that the males posses. 
Like others in the Loriculus genus, the blue-crowned hanging parrot also has the ability to sleep inverted, and is one of the only species of bird that can do so.
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tangledwing · 4 months ago
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Honduran white bats hang on to as leave in the forested area of Guápiles, Costa Rica.Photograph: Jeffrey Arguedas/EPA.
The Honduran white bat (Ectophylla alba), also called the Caribbean white tent-making bat, is a species of bat in the family Phyllostomatidae. It is the only member of the genus Ectophylla. The genus and the species were both scientifically described for the first time in 1892. It has distinctive, entirely white fur, which is only found in six of the roughly 1,300 known species of bat. It constructs "tents" out of understory plant leaves by strategically cutting the leaf ribs with its teeth; it roosts in these tents during the day.
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symbiotic-science · 4 months ago
Hello! I love your blog, but may I ask a question?
Does speciation through hybridisation ever happen in mammals, because most hybrids I currently know of are
A: Sterile/Infertile
B: Very very unlikely.
Thank you!
Hi there! I had to do a little digging on this myself. I KNOW off the top of my head that penguins have had some natural fertile hybrids, though I don't believe to the degree of complete speciation yet, but those are birds not mammals.
There is a species of bat in the Caribbean that have been theorized through DNA analysis to have speciated through hybridization (Larsen, Marchan-Rivadeneira, & Baker, 2010). Artibeus jamaicensis and A. planirostris (both are species of fruit bats) and a third still unknown species are thought to have led to the species A. schwartzi (Larsen, Marchan-Rivadeneira, & Baker, 2010).
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The dolphin species Stenella clymene also has shown evidence to have arisen through natural hybridization from the species of S. coerueloalba and S. longisrostris (Amaral et al, 2014).
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So albeit rare or under researched, speciation through hybridization DOES happen in mammals! I will say though that you will find hybrids from diploid (2 copies of chromosomes) species less common than in polyploid (more than 2 copies of chromosomes) species, since in polyploid there is more room for mutations and still having enough copies of needed DNA to be functional.
Larsen, P. A., Marchan-Rivadeneira, M. R., & Baker, R. J. (2010). Natural hybridization generates mammalian lineage with species characteristics. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107(25), 11447–11452.
Amaral, A. R., Lovewell, G., Coelho, M. M., Amato, G., & Rosenbaum, H. C. (2014). Hybrid Speciation in a Marine Mammal: The Clymene Dolphin (Stenella clymene). PLoS ONE, 9(1), e83645.
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todaysbat · 2 months ago
20% of mammal species are bats.
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axolotl-druk · 10 months ago
Hello I wanna ask you for bat facts bc it said so in your bio
♥♥♥♥ OK 
In China, bats are regarded as symbols of happiness and good fortune (health, wealth, serenity, virtue, and long life). Mothers would sew jade bat ornaments to the babies clothes, and people would wear bat necklaces. 
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There are still modern day ornaments that depict bats and you can find their shape in designs all around history 
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great-and-small · 6 months ago
The idea that anyone could ever look at a bat and just automatically hate them is so baffling to me. Like I genuinely don’t get it? Bats are SO good. They’re critically important pollinators for plants, they’re the only mammal capable of flight, and they literally save agriculture industries billions of dollars per year in pest control by eating insects. I don’t even buy the people who call them ugly like there are over 900 species of bats in at least 17 families and 177 genera- you gonna say they’re all ugly?? You really gonna tell me you don’t think a Spectacled Bat is cute? I’m not having it
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mindblowingscience · 3 months ago
Video by TED-Ed: Why bats don't get sick:
Consider a bat that is infected with several deadly viruses, including ones that cause rabies, SARS, and Ebola. While this diagnosis would be lethal for other mammals, the winged wonder is totally unfazed, and may even spend the next 30 years living as if this were totally normal— because for bats, it is. So what’s protecting bats from these dangerous infections? Arinjay Banerjee investigates.
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cosmiclion · 6 months ago
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Bat in a jar I photographed years ago, from the biology lab at my highschool. I loved having classes there and looking at all the cool stuff!
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t-vr · a year ago
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Leaf-nosed bat
Its a very unusual skull and I’m not sure if I got it right, but it was fun nonetheless. Bats are always fun and strange to draw.
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