Definition of Chiroptera in English:


Line breaks: Chir|optera
Pronunciation: /kʌɪˈrɒpt(ə)rə


  • An order of mammals that comprises the bats. See also Megachiroptera, Microchiroptera.
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    • Maps for the Insectivora, Chiroptera, and Cetacea are not included in this chapter.
    • All bats belong to the order Chiroptera, meaning ‘hand-wing.’
    • Let's investigate the origin and evolution of flight in our representative taxa: the Pterosauria, Aves, and Chiroptera (bats).


modern Latin (plural), from chiro- 'hand' + Greek pteron 'wing'.

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