order Chiroptera

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Noun1.order Chiroptera - an old order dating to early Eocene: bats: suborder Megachiroptera (fruit bats); suborder Microchiroptera (insectivorous bats)
animal order - the order of animals
Eutheria, subclass Eutheria - all mammals except monotremes and marsupials
bat, chiropteran - nocturnal mouselike mammal with forelimbs modified to form membranous wings and anatomical adaptations for echolocation by which they navigate
Microchiroptera, suborder Microchiroptera - most of the bats in the world; all bats except fruit bats insectivorous bats
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The order Chiroptera (meaning "wing-hand") is composed of more than 1,290 identified bat species, nearly one-quarter of all mammal species.
Bats are one of the most numerous kinds of mammals with nearly 950 different species, and belong to the order Chiroptera, that means, 'winged hand'.
Bats are members of the order Chiroptera, a Latin word meaning "hand wing," a reference to the creatures' hand-like wing bones.
But the five permanent pets, too badly injured to return to the wild, have become traveling public relations for the order Chiroptera, accompanying Mashburn on hundreds of lectures a year to schools, senior centers, Rotary clubs, conservation and farm groups.