• The only mammals in the world naturally capable of flight
  • their forelimbs are developed as wings
  • the structure of the open wing is very similar to an outspread human hand with a membrane between the fingers that also stretches between hand and body
  • About 1100 species of bat exist worldwide (20% of all mammal species)
  • Most bats are insectivores
  • Bats also feed on fruit, blood, and small vertebrates, and other bats
  • Many tropical plants are dependent on bats for pollination and spreading seeds
  • Found in North and South America, Australia, Africa, and Asia
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