Bat: A Flying Mammal

Summary of Bat Information and Characteristics:

- A bat is a mammal animal that has the ability to fly.

- Scholars have cataloged nearly 100,000 species of bats, ranging in color, size, weight and body shape.

- They feed mainly on fruits, insects, animal blood (few hematophagous species), fish, nectar and pollen.

- When flying at night, they use a location system known as biosonar (emission of ultrasonic waves through the nostrils or mouth). Some species orient themselves through echoes. Although they have this feature, they have good quality vision.

- Depending on the species, the life of a bat goes from 10 to 25 years old.

- They can transmit anger to humans through the bite with their small, sharp teeth.

-It is important for the perfect functioning of ecosystems, as they act in pollination and distribution of seeds through forests.

- They reach sexual maturity (reproduction period) around the age of two.

- They inhabit damp and dark places, mainly caves and abandoned buildings.

- Many bat activities are performed in the late afternoon and evening.

Scientific classification:

Kingdom: Animalia

Philo: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Infraclass: Placentalia

Order: Chiroptera

Artibeus lituratus: one of the largest Brazilian bats.