Megachiroptera

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Noun1.Megachiroptera - fruit batsMegachiroptera - fruit bats        
animal order - the order of animals
Chiroptera, order Chiroptera - an old order dating to early Eocene: bats: suborder Megachiroptera (fruit bats); suborder Microchiroptera (insectivorous bats)
fruit bat, megabat - large Old World bat of warm and tropical regions that feeds on fruit
genus Pteropus, Pteropus - a genus of Megachiroptera
genus Nyctimene, Nyctimene - East Indian fruit bats
Cynopterus, genus Cynopterus - a genus of Megachiroptera
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There is fascinating, but thus far inconclusive, evidence suggesting that the megachiropterans are actually primates.
The anatomical structure is adapted to flight, but bears the traces of its life as a hand or a paw: 'The wings of megachiropterans contain all the elements of the mammalian forelimb and have been modified for flight'.
Rousettus are megachiropterans -- very different from all the other small insect-eating bats, and are protected by law.