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Stop selling "dead" taxidermied bats at Amazon.com http://www.batsrule.info/2015/11/stop-selling-dead-taxodermied-bats-at.html
Bats deserve protection. They play a critical role in many different habitats around the world. They should not be killed so they can be displayed in someone's collection or hang on a wall as art. Unfortunately, Amazon disagrees. Even though bats face such threats as habitat loss and disease, Amazon is still selling taxidermied bat specimens on its website. My name is Bonnie, and I served with the National Park Service for over 30 years. It was a great way to share my love of nature with others. One of my favorite roles was working on a bat program at Carlsbad Caverns. I watched these animals and learned about their vital role in pollination, seed disbursement, and keeping pest populations under control. It was heartbreaking when I discovered that Amazon was selling at least 6 bat species on its website. I know how far a little education can go. Once people know that our bats are in trouble, I hope they will push for protections. Let’s start with companies like Amazon. Amazon is the biggest virtual store in the world. It is time they shut down the bat trade on their site.
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Importance to humans
Digestion and water conservation
Evolution and paleontology
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Family Pteropodidae (flying foxes and other Old World fruit bats)
186 generally large species in 42 fruit- or flower-feeding genera found in the Old World tropics and subtropics, including many Pacific islands. Lack acoustic orientation except rousette bats (Rousettus); ears small; eyes large, with vision well developed; generally roost in trees; often colonial; often show countershading, cryptic markings, or bright fur colours or patterns. Index finger generally clawed; tail short or lacking; interfemoral membrane reduced. Muzzle simple in appearance, except in the hammer-headed fruit bat (Hypsignathus monstrosus). Generally cannot walk but can move along branches in hanging posture. Teeth modified for feeding on fruit and flowers.
Bat (order Chiroptera), bat any member of the only group of mammals capable of flight. This ability, coupled with the ability to navigate at night by using a system of acoustic orientation (echolocation), has made the bats a highly diverse and populous order. More than 1,200 species are currently recognized, and many are enormously abundant. Observers have concluded, for example, that some 100 million female Mexican free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasiliensis mexicana) form summer nursery colonies in Texas, where they produce about 100 million young in five large caves. The adult males are equal in number to the females, though they do not all range as far north as Texas. Furthermore, this species is found throughout tropical America. Thus, one species alone numbers, at the very least, in the hundreds of millions.
All bats have a generally similar appearance in flight, dominated by the expanse of the wings, but they vary considerably in size. The order is usually divided into two well-defined suborders: the Megachiroptera (the large Old World fruit bats) and the Microchiroptera (small bats found worldwide). Among members of the Megachiroptera, flying foxes (Pteropus) have a wingspan of 1.5 metres (about 5 feet) and a weight of 1 kg (2.2 pounds). The largest insectivorous bat is probably the naked, or hairless, bat (Cheiromeles torquatus); it weighs about 250 grams (about 9 ounces). The largest of the carnivorous bats (and the largest bat in the New World) is the spectral bat (Vampyrum spectrum), also known as the tropical American false vampire bat, with a wingspan of over 60 cm (24 inches). The tiny hog-nosed, or bumblebee, bat (Craseonycteris thonglongyai) of Thailand is one of the smallest mammals. It has a wingspan of barely 15 cm (6 inches) and weighs about 2 grams (about 0.07 ounce).
Bats vary in colour and in fur texture. Facial appearance, dominated by the muzzle and ears, varies strikingly between families and often between genera. In several families a complex fleshy adornment called the nose leaf surrounds the nostrils. Although the exact function of these facial appurtenances has yet to be determined, scientists believe they may help to direct outgoing echolocation calls (see below Orientation). Wing proportions are modified according to mode of flight. The tail and the membrane between the legs also differ, perhaps as adaptations to feeding, flight, and roosting habits. Finally, bats vary in the postures they assume when roosting, particularly in whether they hang suspended or cling to a wall and in the manner in which the wings are folded and used.
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