Bats are astonishingly diverse. The order Chiroptera (meaning hand wing) contains two suborders: megachiroptera and microchiroptera. Those two suborders are further divided into 18 families. Those families are subdivided into over 200 genera (the plural of genus) and then into over 1000 species, with the numbers growing as new discoveries are made. Species names are often quite creative, including things like cave animal, nocturnal pig, monster bat, night hunter, and withered toad. It’s thought possible that the two suborders, originating in Australia and South America, may have evolved completely separately from distinct insectivores.
- Recommended Age: 5+
- Size in cm: 3.05 L x 20.25 W x 25.5 H
- Size in inches: 1.2 L x 7.97 W x 10.04 H
- UPC: 095866343507