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In a discovery that overturns conventional wisdom about bats, researchers have found that Old World fruit bats -- long classified as 'non-echolocating' -- actually do use a rudimentary form of echolocation. Perhaps most surprisingly, the clicks they emit to produce the echoes that guide them through the darkness aren't vocalizations at all. They are instead produced by the bats' wings, although scientists don't yet know exactly how the bats do it.

'Non-echolocating' fruit bats actually do echolocate, with wing clicks

Microbats- Bats exist in an extraordinary reality where nothing is quite as we humans know… This is a great picture illustrating the evolution of bats 'arms and legs' into wings, which can easily be seen in this stunning picture!

Philippine tube-nosed fruit bat

Philippine tube-nosed fruit bat, side view - View amazing Philippine tube-nosed fruit bat photos - Nyctimene rabori - on Arkive

Eastern Tube-nosed bat (Australia)

Eastern Tube-nosed bat (Australia)

little megabat nyctimene robinsoni a large microbat macroderma gigas

little megabat nyctimene robinsoni a large microbat macroderma gigas

Ann Brokelman Photography: Little Brown Bat at Ashbridges Bay April 2014

Tube-nosed Fruit Bat (Nyctimene sp.)

Tube-nosed Fruit Bat (Nyctimene sp.)

Photos are not of N. albiventer, but of related species. Photo credit ...

albiventer, but of related species.

Resilience is vital for vulnerable rainforest fauna - Wet Tropics ...

Resilience is vital for vulnerable rainforest fauna - Wet Tropics .

Eastern Tube-nosed Bat, Nyctimene robinsoni

Australian Museum, Sydney - Explore our events, exhibitions, collections and indigenous cultures

Island Tube Nosed Fruit Bat by lollopins, via Flickr

Nyctimene major, Megachiroptera Pteropodidae, New Guinea and Solomon Islands

Eastern tube-nosed bat

Eastern tube-nosed bat

PHOTOGRAPH BY MERLIN D. TUTTLE, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC The flowers of the sea bean, a woody vine that blooms only at night, are highly specialized for bat pollination.

The flowers of the sea bean, a woody vine that blooms only at night, are highly specialized for bat pollination. PHOTOGRAPH BY MERLIN D.

Nyctimene robinsoni by Michael Pennay, via Flickr

Nyctimene robinsoni by Michael Pennay, via Flickr

Drinking Photograph by Dietmar Nill / FN / Minden Picture nationalgeographic.com

A greater mouse-eared bat (Myotis myotis) drinks from the water surface. Photograph by Dietmar Nill/FN/Minden Picture National Geographic

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