One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An Old World bat with tubular nostrils.
an insectivorous Asian bat (genus Murina, family Vespertilionidae).
a fruit bat found chiefly in New Guinea and Sulawesi (genus Nyctimene, family Pteropodidae).
- ‘The tube-nosed bats have laterally directed, tube-like nostrils, of uncertain function’
- ‘We have all 4 species of Australian flying foxes in permanent care, as well as tube-nosed bats and microbats.’
- ‘Queensland tube-nosed bats are polygamous with one breeding season.’
- ‘As its common name suggests, the Philippine tube-nosed bat is endemic to the Philippines, where it is recorded only from the islands of Cebu, Negros and Sibuyan.’
- ‘At night tube-nosed bats feed on soft fruits and nectar, while either hovering in front of the blossoms or climbing among flower clusters.’
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