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The Noctilionidae family of bats, commonly known as bulldog bats or fisherman bats, are represented by two species, the greater and the lesser bulldog bats.[1] They are found near water, from Mexico to Argentina. The naked bulldog bat Cheiromeles torquatus does not belong to this family, but to the family Molossidae, the free-tailed bats.

The bulldog bats have orange to brown fur, and range in head-body length from 7 to 14 cm. They have relatively long legs and large feet, exceptionally so in the case of the greater bulldog bat. Unusual among bats, they have cheek-pouches for storing food, which give them their bulldog-like appearance. Both species are insectivorous, although the greater bulldog bat also eats small fish, using its echolocation to pinpoint the ripples they make on the surfaces of water.[2]

The greater bulldog bat trawls the water with its long, curved talons approximately 2–3 cm below the surface. It makes sweeps of between 30 cm and 3 m before ascending and turning to make a return sweep. In a single night, the bat may catch 20-30 small fish in this way.[3]

  • Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. 17 May, 2012. "Bulldog bat". Retrieved May 25, 2011 from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Bulldog_bat&oldid=493066708
  • Simmons, Nancy B. 2005. "Chiroptera". In Wilson, Don E.; Reeder, DeeAnn M. Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 312–529. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. http://www.bucknell.edu/MSW3/browse.asp?s=y&;id=13801508. Retrieved 4 October 2009
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Physical Description

Morphology

Other Physical Features: endothermic ; bilateral symmetry

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Life History and Behavior

Behavior

Perception Channels: tactile ; chemical

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Reproduction

Key Reproductive Features: gonochoric/gonochoristic/dioecious (sexes separate); sexual

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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLD) Stats
Specimen Records: 103
Specimens with Sequences: 94
Specimens with Barcodes: 94
Species: 4
Species With Barcodes: 4
Public Records: 83
Public Species: 3
Public BINs: 4
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