A Report on Bats
There is an abundant amount of animal species in the
world. They all have adapted and evolved to survive in
their surroundings. Some have grown fins, others legs, and
still others wings. One of the animals that has grown wings
is the bat. The bat is a truly great creature. It has all
the characteristics of mammals while also possessing the
skill of a bird in flight.
There are more than 800 species of bats in the
world. They are of many different sizes, shapes, and
lifestyles. They live all over the world and have drawn the
curiosity of millions. Bats also have the unique feature of
echolocation that it uses to catch insects. Though other
mammals, like the flying squirrel seem to fly but actually
glide, the bat is the only mammal that can truly fly (Lauber
A BAT'S BODY
Due to the great variety of species of bats some
characteristics vary greatly, but the Little Brown Bat is a
good example of a common bat.
It has fur on the body, large
naked ears, the rear legs have claws, a tail membrane, and
it has the most distinguishing feature of a bat, wings
(Lauber 1968). The upper arm of the bat is short while the
forearm is very long (Fig. 1). The wrist is very small and
from it comes the thumb and the four longer fingers. The
thumb is short and used for climbing or walking. The
fingers are long and thin. Interlocking the fingers is the
wing. This arrangement of having the fingers in the wing
gives the bat amazing flight maneuverability (Honders 1975).
These bones look similar to a human hand. They are
connected by rubbery skin to the bat's body enveloping all
the fingers but the thumb (Anonymous...