· Contrary to popular belief, bats aren’t related to rodents or bird. They make up their own species, which is classified as chiropteran
· Approximately 20% of all mammals are members of the chiropteran family, making it the second largest group of mammals. Only rodents have more individual species.
· The word chiropteran translates to hand-wing
· Each species of bat is either a megabat or a microbat
· Just because a bat is labeled megabat, it doesn’t mean that they’re a flying fox bat. Some megabats are actually quite small.
· Scientists use both the bats size and feeding habits to help classify a newly discovered species
· 70% of the currently classified bats are insect feeders
· All bats play a vital role in the Earth’s ecology