|Common bent-wing bat (Miniopterus schreibersi)|
Miniopterus, known as the bent-winged or long winged bats, is the sole genus of the family Miniopteridae. They are small flying insectivorous mammals, micro-bats of the order Chiroptera, with wings over twice the length of the body. The genus had been placed in its own subfamily among the vespertilionid bats, as Miniopterinae, but is now classified as its own family.
Bent-winged bats are typically small (total length c. 10 cm, wingspans 30–35 cm, mass less than 20 g), with broad, short muzzles. The cranium is bulbous and taller than the snout, a feature shared with woolly bats and mouse-eared bats. This combination of features was likely present in the common ancestor of the vesper bats. They have two tiny, vestigial premolars between the upper canines and first large premolar. Unlike other bats, they lack a tendon-locking mechanism in their toes.
The common name of bent-winged bat refers to the group's ability to fold back their extra-long third finger when the wings are folded. This finger gives the bats long, narrow wings. The proportional length of the wing is around two and a half times that of the body and head.
In 2017, evidence of deltaretroviruses was found in the genome of the Miniopteridae. Deltaretroviruses only affect mammals, and this was the first evidence that they affected bat species. The presence of the deltaretrovirus in multiple Miniopterid species suggests that the virus was present in the family before speciation 20 million years ago. The evolutionary history of deltaretroviruses is important because they cause leukemia in humans.
- Genus Miniopterus - long-winged bats
- Miniopterus aelleni
- African long-fingered bat, Miniopterus africanus
- Miniopterus approximatus (fossil)
- Little bent-wing bat, Miniopterus australis
- Miniopterus brachytragos
- Eger's long-fingered bat, Miniopterus egeri
- Miniopterus fossilis (fossil)
- Lesser long-fingered bat, Miniopterus fraterculus
- Eastern bent-wing bat, Miniopterus fuliginosus
- Southeast Asian long-fingered bat, Miniopterus fuscus
- Glen's long-fingered bat Miniopterus gleni
- Griffith's long-fingered bat Miniopterus griffithsi
- Miniopterus griveaudi
- Greater long-fingered bat, Miniopterus inflatus
- Miniopterus macrocneme
- Miniopterus maghrebensis
- Western bent-winged bat, Miniopterus magnater
- Miniopterus mahafaliensis
- Major's long-fingered bat Miniopterus majori
- Manavi long-fingered bat, Miniopterus manavi
- Intermediate long-fingered bat, Miniopterus medius
- Least long-fingered bat, Miniopterus minor
- Miniopterus mossambicus
- Natal long-fingered bat, Miniopterus natalensis
- Miniopterus newtoni
- Australasian bent-wing bat, Miniopterus orianae
- Miniopterus pallidus
- Philippine long-fingered bat, Minopterus paululus
- Peterson's long-fingered bat Miniopterus petersoni
- Small bent-winged bat, Miniopterus pusillus
- Loyalty bent-winged bat, Miniopterus robustior
- Common bent-wing bat, Miniopterus schreibersii
- Shortridge's long-fingered bat Miniopterus shortridgei
- Miniopterus sororculus
- Miniopterus tao (fossil)
- Great bent-winged bat, Miniopterus tristis
- Miniopterus zapfei (fossil)
Bent-winged bats occur in southern Europe, across Africa and Madagascar, throughout Asia, and in Australia, Vanuatu and New Caledonia. One species, the common bent-wing bat, inhabits the whole of this range. The group rapidly colonized much of this area in the last 15,000 years.
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