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fruit bat

n.
Any of various fruit-eating bats of the suborder Megachiroptera, inhabiting tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, Asia, and Australia.

fruit bat

n
(Animals) any large Old World bat of the suborder Megachiroptera, occurring in tropical and subtropical regions and feeding on fruit. Compare insectivorous bat

fruit′ bat`


n.
any fruit-eating tropical Old World bat of the family Pteropodidae.
[1875–80]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fruit bat - large Old World bat of warm and tropical regions that feeds on fruitfruit bat - large Old World bat of warm and tropical regions that feeds on fruit
bat, chiropteran - nocturnal mouselike mammal with forelimbs modified to form membranous wings and anatomical adaptations for echolocation by which they navigate
flying fox - large bat with a head that resembles the head of a fox
Pteropus capestratus - a variety of fruit bat
Pteropus hypomelanus - a variety of fruit bat
harpy bat, tube-nosed bat, tube-nosed fruit bat, harpy - any of various fruit bats of the genus Nyctimene distinguished by nostrils drawn out into diverging tubes
Cynopterus sphinx - a variety of fruit eating bat
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Narna, our Egyptian fruit bat, is certainly making sure she's getting her five-a-day.
YODA the fruit bat has been given official recognition as a new species.
Meanwhile, an August 2014 National Institutes of Health news release reported that the West African outbreak had been traced back to a two-year-old boy who probably had been infected by contact with a straw-colored fruit bat (Eidolon helvum).
In Pakistan, fruit bats are represented by three genera and four species, the short-nosed fruit bat Cynopterus sphinx, the Indian flying fox P.
The animals at risk range from large --grey ox, Bactrian camels, bearded and warty pigs--to small-golden-capped fruit bat, black-bearded flying fox, and Bulmer's fruit bat.
Two scientific teams have now released papers containing evidence that the virus underwent a major mutation about three months into the epidemic that made it more suitable for human hosts as opposed to its traditional carrier, a species of fruit bat.
Conservationists share many of those concerns and are also worried about the future of the Rusettus aegyptiacus, the fruit bat, or Nihtopapparos, as it is known locally.
Although bat species involved in EBOV maintenance have yet to be discovered, limited detection of EBOV RNA and EBOV antibodies has implicated some frugivorous and insectivorous bat species distributed in areas of previous outbreaks, including the little collared fruit bat (Myonycteris torquata), hammer-headed bat (Hypsignathus monstrosus), Franquet's epauletted fruit bat (Epomops franqueti), straw-colored fruit bat (Eidolon helvum), and Angolan free-tailed bat (Mops condylurus) (12,34-36).
They play all sorts of yucky games then cool down in a fruit bat drool paddling pool.
For one thing, Meliandou is not located near fruit bat roosting sites where the child might have come in contact with an infected animal or tainted fruit, and there is no evidence that the family ate fruit bats.
Many experts have suspected some species of fruit bat, though some wonder if West Africa's epidemic started through another animal--like a chimpanzee or small antelope--that was perhaps infected by bats and then eaten by people.
But there are no fruit bat colonies near Meliandou, the study said.