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By dark of night, how do bats smell their way to fruit?

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The tent-making bat Uroderma bilobatum

The tent-making bat Uroderma bilobatum, a fruit-eating species of New World leaf-nosed bats.

Credit: Sebastien Puechmaille, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University


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A nectar bat, Glossophaga soricina, feeding on the flowers of a banana plant.

A nectar bat, Glossophaga soricina, feeding on the flowers of a banana plant.

Credit: Beth Clare, Queen Mary University


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a group of common tent-making bats (Uroderma bilobatum) under leaves

Common tent-making bats (Uroderma bilobatum) in a hotel garden in Costa Rica.

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A short-tailed fruit bat, Carollia perspicillata, feeding on fruit

A short-tailed fruit bat, Carollia perspicillata, feeding on fruit in a forest in Brazil.

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Skull of the bat Carollia perspicillata (left) and a model of the same bat (right).

Skull of the bat Carollia perspicillata (left) and a model of the same bat (right).

Credit: Elizabeth Dumont, University of Massachusetts at Amherst


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A Pallas long-tongued bat, Glossophaga soricina, eating from a flower

A Pallas' long-tongued bat, Glossophaga soricina, looking for a meal.

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