One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An almost hairless black free-tailed bat found in SE Asia.
Genus Cheiromeles, family Molossidae: two species, in particular C. torquatus
- ‘Its head was like that of a hairless bat, with the curling yellowed horns of a large ram dominating the skull.’
- ‘Seven bat species live in the caves and include Cantors leaf-nosed bat Hipposideros galeritus and hairless bat Cheiromeles torquatus.’
- ‘One group of bats in this family is called the hairless bats because their hair is so short that the animal appears to be naked.’
- ‘Heated by geothermal activity to a constant temperature of 85 to 90 degrees, the mine is the perfect nursery for the hairless bat pups, which are typically born in pairs and need five to six weeks of nurturing before they can fly.’
- ‘One species - the hairless bat, genus Cheiromeles - is, as its name implies, effectively devoid of fur.’
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