A small, brown endangered bat may be poised to become Washington D.C.'s "state" mammal. And they have three local Girl Scout troops to thank. This "mouse-eared microbat with two sets of teeth," as described by WTOP-TV, noshes on mosquitoes, flies, beetles and moths - up to 1,200 of them a night - at wetlands edges, for instance along the Anacostia and Potomac rivers.
Bats with skulls and teeth adapted to a wide range of diets are helping scientists understand how major groups of mammals first evolved. By analysing the skulls of a group of bats that feed on everything from nectar to blood, researchers from the US and Imperial College London have identified how the bats have tweaked their development to adapt to different diets.
A new study from the University of Helsinki using miniaturized satellite-based tags revealed that during drier periods desert bats must fly further and longer to fulfil their nightly needs. According to researchers this signals their struggle in facing dry periods. Wildlife tracking has revolutionized the study of animal movement and their behavior.
BENTON, La. -- They are not one of the more common sightings you encounter in our area. Bats usually only come out at night and do not have a great number of dwellings close to homes in urban areas. But there is a biological concern that the bat population in Louisiana may come under attack from an unusual disease.
One of the world's rarest bats is now confined to a single cave in Western Cuba with less than 750 remaining, according to a population survey. Scientists are highlighting the plight of the animal, saying its last home is vulnerable to collapse. The Cuban greater funnel-eared bat was rediscovered in 1992 after being declared extinct.
White-nose syndrome has killed millions and millions of bats since 2006, threatening to bring species to extinction. Fortunately, researchers have been developing some promising new treatments, such as spraying bats with an antifungal bacteria before they hibernate for the wintertime.
The females of some bat species migrate hundreds of kilometers after hibernation to give birth to their offspring in insect-rich regions. Unlike birds, it is largely unknown how bats keep their energy consumption low during ...
Scientists have discovered that two major forces have shaped bat skulls over their evolutionary history: echolocation and diet. Their findings help explain the wide diversity of skull shapes among bats and reveal the intricate details of how evolutionary pressures can shape animal bodies.
When it comes to migration science, birds rule. Although many mammals - antelopes, whales, bats - migrate, too, scientists know far less about how those animals do it. But a new device, invented by animal navigation researcher Oliver Lindecke, could open a new way to test how far-ranging bats find their way.
Of the flying animals, birds certainly get the most attention. People set out food and housing for the feathered denizens of the sky. Large non-profits and clubs are dedicated to watching birds for fun and to their conservation. It seems that bird research, conservation, and management are - compared to work with other organisms- relatively well funded.
Researchers analyzed an evolutionary tree reconstructed from the DNA of a majority of known bat species and found four bat lineages that exhibit extreme longevity. They also identified, for the first time, two life history features that predict extended life spans in bats.
Rotorua residents may be able to check out a threatened species of native bats while they stop by the supermarket, after a new discovery that bats are using urban areas in the city. Until about 10 years ago New Zealand's threatened long-tailed bat species were thought to stick to quiet areas of forest, and avoid humans and urban spaces.
MIAMI -- South Florida's expanding population is putting a strain on some the area's first residents -- the bonneted bats. Called one of the world's rarest bats, the animal is a federally endangered species that is unique to Florida. At night, it feeds on insects.
Around the corner from the primate troops at Monkey Jungle, past shade houses, container nurseries and a pot farm perfectly suited for funky old Redland, another very Florida thing has been erected on the former country retreat of a Miami pioneer: the world's biggest bat house.
Scientists are suing the Mauritian government for "driving endangered fruit bats towards extinction", after mass culls killed at least half their population. More than 50,000 of the animals are thought to have been killed in three culls since 2015, in an attempt to protect fruit in orchards.
The government of Liberia, in partnership with the Center for Infection and Immunity (CII) at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and EcoHealth Alliance, announced the discovery of Ebola virus in a bat in Liberia.
Editor's Note: "Coconut Wireless" is a new occasional series aimed at bridging gaps in what can sometimes feel like disparate and scattered neighborhoods across Oahu. Civil Beat special correspondent Kirstin Downey hopes to demonstrate that what seem to be isolated issues, problems, solutions and even just crazy stories are part of a bigger picture of how life is changing in Hawaii.
smithsonian.com Plenty of animals communicate with one another, at least in a general way-wolves howl to each other, birds sing and dance to attract mates and big cats mark their territory with urine. But researchers at Tel Aviv University recently discovered that when at least one species communicates, it gets very specific.
Scientists have discovered a previously unknown species of Ebola virus, called Bombali virus, that's carried by at least two species of bats in Sierra Leone. This is the first Ebola virus species detected in an animal before having been detected in humans.