A major division of bats that comprises all but the fruit bats.
- ‘The other major group of bats, the Microchiroptera or microbats, is quite ecologically diverse.’
- ‘An additional explanation for the absence of either mode in Microchiroptera is their reliance on echolocation, and their need to maintain regular sensory input.’
- ‘The bats with which most people are familiar belong to the Microchiroptera.’
- ‘There are two major groups of bats, usually given the rank of suborders, Megachiroptera and Microchiroptera.’
- ‘The two suborders of bats, Megachiroptera and Microchiroptera, use different sensory modalities for perceiving their environment.’
Modern Latin (plural), from micro- small + Greek kheir hand + pteron wing.