Definition of chiropteran in English:


Line breaks: chir|op¦ter¦an
Pronunciation: /kʌɪˈrɒpt(ə)r(ə)n


  • A mammal of the order Chiroptera; a bat.
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    • To delve further into this subject, check out our new exhibits on vertebrate flight and chiropteran flight.
    • The molecular clock applied herein suggests that the first divergence among chiropterans dates back to approximately 62 MYA.
    • Lyssavirus is found naturally among chiropteran and carnivoran mammals and is spread by the exchange of body fluids.


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  • Relating to or denoting chiropterans.
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    • The molecular phylogeny presented here is consistent with either two independent origins of echolocation within the chiropteran lineage or a single origin.
    • The relaxed Bayesian clock method following the methodology outlined in Matthee et al. was used to date the evolution of the various chiropteran lineages.
    • The limitation of using single markers for resolving family-level chiropteran relationships was highlighted by the results obtained from analyses of individual nuclear intron fragments.

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