One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A major division of bats which comprises all but the fruit bats.
Suborder Microchiroptera, order Chiroptera: many families
- ‘The two suborders of bats, Megachiroptera and Microchiroptera, use different sensory modalities for perceiving their environment.’
- ‘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 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.’
Modern Latin (plural), from micro- ‘small’ + Greek kheir ‘hand’ + pteron ‘wing’.
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