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Moonlight critter
Baby Kuhl's Pipistrelle
Unexpected guest
Night Ghost
A bat hanging casually.
Bat Cave
Our despised heroes
Bat
Moonrise over Jurua River
Bat at Dusk
The Sect
Motherly Kiss
Baseball bats at the ready
Chiropteran Supermoon Near Perigee
Wings of desire
Bat Falcon
Bat Meets Ball
Bat sleeping  at work
15th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Our despised heroes

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. With these diverse feeding habits, bats are some of the most important pollinators, seed dispersers and pest supressers of nature. Some studies have already shown that the pest control service played by bats can reach 22,9 billion dollars annualy all over the world.

TAGS: Bat, Brazil, Cave, Conservation, Cute, Endangered

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Belo Horizonte, Brazil
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© Augusto Gomes.
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Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 04.2016
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Filed Under: Natural World
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Date Uploaded: Nov. 25, 2017, 10:11 a.m.
Camera Make: Canon
Camera Model: Canon EOS 50D
Focal Length: 85mm
Shutter Speed: 1/250
Aperture: f18
ISO: ISO100
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