Thyropteridae Bats: Weekend Writing Warriors Post for 11/5/17

WeWriWa is a fun, weekly blog hop that takes place on Sundays that allows both veteran and new authors to showcase their work. The rules are simple. Post a short 8 sentence excerpt of a book your either working on or that you’ve published, include a backlink to the WeWriWa list, and spend some time reading and commenting on what others have contributed. All genres welcome (though admittedly, romance authors are the most devoted participants.)

My contribution comes from a non-fiction book I’ve been working on FOREVER. It’s the reason it’s been more than a year since I last participated in the blog hop, but now that the end is in sight, I can start having fun again!

The book is 60 Beautiful Bat Facts and if you guessed that it’s about bats, you’re absolutely correct! It’s a fun mix of folklore, history, science, and I’ve also included a few of my favorite species as well. For this week’s post, I selected a description of the thyropteridae family, the reason I chose this section is that A) they’re an adorable and unusual bat, and B) the section is the perfect number of sentences to meet the WeWriWa requirements without me having to decide between stopping before I end the subject or getting creative with my editing.

And here it is.

Thyropteridae Bats


Bats in the thyropteridae family are often referred to as disk-winged bats, though technically sucker bats would probably be a more appropriate name. The three species that make up the thyropteridae family are easily identified by the fact that each has circular discs on the bottom of their feet as well as on their thumb. While these discs give thyropteridae bats a somewhat extraterrestrial appearance, they serve an important function. Thanks to the unique feature, the bats stick to smooth surfaces, including wet leaves.
The suckers on their thumbs and feet is only one way to identify members of this family. They also have small warts on their long thin noses, a slightly dished face, large funnel-shaped ears that have a targus, and a reddish or pale coat.
Members of this family are small and live in Central America or the northern part of South America, where small colonies of thyropteridae bats roost in rolled up leaves and move to a roost each time the leaf they’re occupying unfurls.


Members of the thyropteridae famirky include:


All thyropteridae bats are insectivores and microbats.

Sorry, I wasn’t able to find any photos that clearly indicated that I could post them without violating a copyright, but if you eant to see exactly what members of the thyropteridae family look like? Check out this link.

Thanks for stopping by!


30 thoughts on “Thyropteridae Bats: Weekend Writing Warriors Post for 11/5/17

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  1. Such interesting facts! I didn’t know there were bats with suckers or that they roosted in rolled up leaves. That’s my something new for the day. 🙂


    1. I was (and still am) kicking around the idea of a novel where bats played a big role. Since that meant doing a ton of research, I decided to write a kind of writers guide as well. It became more complicated, time consuming, and fun than I imagined possible.


  2. Having had to gently remove bat visitors from our house twice this year, I still encourage them to reside nearby (though NOT in our attic). Industrious little hunters . . . and cute in their own way. Love watching them fly. Nice factoids, Jess.

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  3. Cool! Very informative. I’m a botanist, so I’ve written several comparable pieces on various plant species. We don’t have many bat species here in mid/north Canada. IIRC we have five? None in this family, obviously. Well done! The lay language is good, leaving me a clear picture without having to dig up definitions in a glossary.

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