Mary’s Monday Metazoan: Can’t we all get along?


This is devious: Mexican free-tailed bats have jamming sonar to disrupt competitor bats’ food hunting. It’s like there aren’t enough insects for everyone to eat!

nickolayhristov

Comments

  1. rabidwombat says

    Awww! Who’s the cutest bat in the whole world? You are! Oh yes you are!

    I love bats. :)

  2. Ichthyic says

    OTOH….

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1539106/

    Bats of certain species are well recognized as being capable of transmitting rabies virus, but recent observations of outbreaks and epidemics of newly recognized human and livestock diseases caused by viruses transmitted by various megachiropteran and microchiropteran bats have drawn attention anew to these remarkable mammals.

    66 transmissable viruses isolated so far.

    I always wanted a flying fox as a pet, but not after reading that paper. Well, not until we figure out how to properly inoculate the little buggers, anyway.