ADHESIVE DEVICES ON THE THUMB OF VESPERTILIONOID BATS (CHIROPTERA)

Title

ADHESIVE DEVICES ON THE THUMB OF VESPERTILIONOID BATS (CHIROPTERA)

Creator

Thewissen J G M; Etnier S A

Publisher

Journal of Mammalogy

Date

1995
1995-08

Description

We describe pads on the thumb of five vespertilionoid bats based on microanatomy and scanning microscopy and make inferences about their function. The pad of Thyroptera adheres by means of suction, and that of Tylonycteris uses dry adhesion. The pad of Glischropus has no true adhesive function and probably functions using friction. Topography of the pad of Pipistrellus nanus could interlock with substrate features, but the pad may have a minor function as a suction device. Glueing is most likely involved in the adhesion of Myzopoda to its substrate.

Subject

adhesive devices; banana bat; pipistrellus-nanus; reproduction; thumbs of bats; vespertilionoid bats; Zoology

Identifier

Format

Journal Article

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Pages

925-936

Issue

3

Volume

76

Citation

Thewissen J G M; Etnier S A, “ADHESIVE DEVICES ON THE THUMB OF VESPERTILIONOID BATS (CHIROPTERA),” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed January 26, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/7323.

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