15th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Bats play an essencial role to ecosystems functioning. As they are incredibly diverse, with more than 1200 species worldwide, and their capability of flight (unique among mammals), they occupy a huge set of functions and habitats in nature unavailable to other animals. There are several species of fruit bats, nectar feeding bats, insectivorous bats and even carnivorous bats, which prey upon small mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fishes. The production of the largely consumed “tequila”, for example, is highly dependent of bat pollination of Agave plants in Central America.
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