Tongue clicking bats roosting in a cave


Bats are the only mammals that truly fly, rather than just gliding. The bats are very numerous, there being well over 900 recognised species. They are divided into two types - the megabats, which mainly eat fruit, and the microbats, which mainly eat insects.

Scientific name: Chiroptera

Rank: Order

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Map showing the distribution of the Bats taxa

The shading illustrates the diversity of this group - the darker the colour the greater the number of species. Data provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

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