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Macroglossus minimus Spread Long-Tongued Bat Mammalia Chiroptera Pteropodidae

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Origin : Indonesia (Java)

Size : w.s. cm 23-24

Long-Tongued Bat Macroglossus minimus wingspan cm 23-24 body cm 8.5-9 Mammalia Chiroptera Pteropodidae, dried and spread, as in photos.
Family: Pteropodidae.
Common name: Long-Tongued Nectar Bat, Northern Blossom Bat, Honey Nectar Bat, Least Blossom-Bat, Dagger-Toothed Long-Nosed Fruit Bat, Lesser Long-Tongued Fruit Bat.

To best preserve the preparation, we recommend our wooden boards and glass.

We would like to point out, for those who are wondering although it is probably completely superfluous, that ALL the bats we sell DO NOT HAVE ANY CORONAVIRUS on their surface or packaging and DO NOT CONTAIN IT, so cannot cause any infection, for the following reasons:
1) they are dead, dried and treated (therefore like objects: viruses proliferate and multiply inside living organisms);
2) they were purchased several years before the epidemic broke out, as per the attached capture date.
If you have any other concerns, please contact us, thank you.

The Lesser Long-Tongued Bat (Macroglossus minimus Geoffroy, 1810) is a bat belonging to the Pteropodidae family, widespread in the Indomalayan and Australasian regions.
Small bat with head and body length between 65 and 78 mm and a weight of up to 20 g. The fur is short. The muzzle is very long and tapered, the jaw does not extend beyond the incisors, the canines are unusually thin and sharp. The eyes are large. The ears are long, round and hairless. The wings are attached posteriorly to the base of the fourth toe. It has no tail, while the uropatagium is reduced to a thin membrane along the internal part of the lower limbs. It takes refuge alone or in small groups under large leaves among the fronds of palm and banana trees, in hollow trees, in bamboo forests or in abandoned buildings. It can fly very slowly, make tight maneuvers and hover in the air, although it lands on flowers and fruit before eating. It establishes temporary territories in established feeding areas, and subsequently emits vocalizations and competes with each other with violent wing beats and aggression. It feeds mainly on flower nectar. It is considered an important pollinator. Females give birth to a young three times during the year. It lives in primary and secondary humid tropical forests, in mangroves, swamp forests, plantations, gardens and urban areas up to 2,250 meters above sea level. 6 subspecies have been recognized.

Chiroptera (Blumenbach, 1779) is an order of placental mammals commonly known as bats. It is the second largest group of mammals after rodents, comprising about 20% of the described species.
The scientific term Chiroptera derives from the two Greek words χείρ chéir, "mano" and πτερόν pterón, "wing", with a clear allusion to the peculiarity of the upper limb. The two suborders have the micro- and macro- prefixes respectively to highlight the difference in size between the two groups, although the largest micro-beetles are much larger than the smaller Macrochiroptera.
The only mammals able to fly and perform complex maneuvers in the air belong to the order of Chiroptera. The smallest species, the bumblebee bat does not weigh more than 2 grams and is considered, together with the Etruscan mustiol, the smallest mammal in the world, while the largest are some species of the genus Pteropus and Acerodon, which reach a weight of about 1 , 6 kg and a wingspan of up to 1.8 meters.
The wings developed from the substantial modification of the upper limb, where the forearm and, even more, the metacarpal bones and the phalanges of the hand suffered a disproportionate elongation. The fingers are joined together by a vascularized skin membrane, called patagio, which extends to the sides of the body and lower limbs. In most species there is an additional membrane between the legs, which can sometimes incorporate the tail. The wing proportions vary considerably between the different species and can be long and narrow in bats that need great autonomy, or short and wide in those that are used to perform rapid maneuvers and with sudden changes of direction, especially in dense vegetation or in presence of obstacles very close together.
Speeds varying between 16 km / h and 165 km / h have been recorded (the highest ever recorded in horizontal flight among all flying animals).
The body is generally covered with a thick fur. The head can take on a remarkable variety of forms, mainly associated with eating habits and methods of obtaining food. It can be short and wide or narrow and elongated. The ears are large, sometimes exceptionally huge, and have the function in the Microchiroptera to collect the reflected sound waves emitted by the animals themselves for echolocation. The eyes vary greatly in size, being almost atrophied in the Microchiroptera, while they are large in the Pteropodids, also skilled in color vision. In most species there is a fleshy nose on the nose, called the nasal leaf, which has the function of regulating and directing the beam of sound waves emitted by the animal through the nose or mouth.

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