Published Online: 27 JAN 2006
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Jones, K. E. 2006. Chiroptera (Bats). eLS. .
- Published Online: 27 JAN 2006
Bats are the second largest order of placental mammals after rodents, consisting of at least 1116 species in 18 families and 202 genera. They are unique among mammals as they are the only group to have evolved truly powered flight. Bats have a worldwide distribution with extremely diverse ecologies, life histories, morphologies and unique sensory adaptations.