Definition of Microchiroptera in English:


Line breaks: Micro|chir¦op¦tera
Pronunciation: /ˌmʌɪkrəʊkʌɪˈrɒpt(ə)rə


  • A major division of bats which comprises all but the fruit bats.
    • Suborder Microchiroptera, order Chiroptera: many families
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    • There are two major groups of bats, usually given the rank of suborders, Megachiroptera and Microchiroptera.
    • The other major group of bats, the Microchiroptera or microbats, is quite ecologically diverse.
    • An additional explanation for the absence of either mode in Microchiroptera is their reliance on echolocation, and their need to maintain regular sensory input.



noun & adjective
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  • Megachiropterans and microchiropterans differ in many other ways.
  • Other microchiropterans may behave similarly, but this is not evident from patterns of repetition of echolocation calls in flight.
  • These fossils represent essentially modern-looking microchiropterans; bats had evolved all of their characteristic features and begun to diversify by this time.


modern Latin (plural), from micro- 'small' + Greek kheir 'hand' + pteron 'wing'.

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