One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A division of bats that comprises the fruit bats and flying foxes.
Suborder Megachiroptera and family Pteropodidae, order Chiroptera
- ‘The Megachiroptera includes the so-called fruitbats and flying foxes of the tropical forests of India, Africa, Asia, and Australia.’
- ‘There are two major groups of bats, usually given the rank of suborders, Megachiroptera and Microchiroptera.’
- ‘The results for the flying foxes were noteworthy because of the two bats' tropical distribution, frugivorous diet, and the fact that a capacity for heterothermy had not been previously reported for any members of the Megachiroptera.’
- ‘Many of the species of bats classified in the Megachiroptera, the ‘flying foxes’ or fruitbats, feed on fruit, as their common name suggests.’
- ‘The Megachiroptera, or fruitbats and flying foxes, navigate largely by sight and have large, forward-facing eyes that can see in very dim light, as you can see on the skeleton of a fruitbat pictured above.’
Modern Latin (plural), from mega- ‘large’ + Chiroptera.
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