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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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Enclosure.--We studied a captive-born and -bred colony of 167 (32 [male], 1359 [female]) Jamaican fruit bats at the Potawatomi Zoo, South Bend, Indiana.
Fruit bats and many of their relatives can be seen in the Museum's Hall of Biodiversity.
Fruit bats also carry a related virus, Hendra, which caused three small outbreaks in Australia since 1994.
Two Egyptian fruit bats that Susie looks after, which, because they were kept in a confined space when they were younger before being rescued, will never fly.
For instance, the transmission of humans, via pigs, of the highly pathogenic Nipah virus, until recently found normally in Asian fruit bats: its emergence in the late 1990s as a fatal disease in humans is linked with forest fires in Sumatra, Indonesia, and the clearance of natural forests in Malaysia for palm plantations.
Daszak says that the widespread deforestation in Sumatra, fueled by paper industry logging, eventually meant that fruit bats "ran out of resources.
Fruit bats were trained to respond to "smoother" echoes by flying in a direction which earned them a food reward.
Researchers at Glasgow's Strathclyde University were contacted by animal experts over problems with endangered Rodrigues fruit bats.
Flying foxes, or fruit bats, are the only native mammals in this park.
Flying foxes are also called fruit bats because of all the fruit they eat.
Scientists fear that a new strain of encephalitis - brain fever - spread by fruit bats has passed to humans through the pig population.
Helicopter tours and boats blaring music on Boracay Island should be regulated to avoid disrupting the bats' natural habitat, according to a group advocating the protection of endangered fruit bats.