Orange nectar bat
|Orange nectar bat|
Orange nectar bats in Costa Rica were observed utilising a unique feeding mechanism that has not been seen in any other animal, this mechanism allows it to pull liquid against gravity using a pumping mechanism. The orange nectar bat's tongue contains two grooves filled with tiny muscles that force the nectar up into the bats mouth. Two forces are at work here, capillary action and muscle force. The orange nectar bat likely developed this method independently of other species due to their unique mouth physiology.
- Tschapka, Marco; Gonzalez-Terrazas, Tania P.; Knörnschild, Mirjam (2015-09-01). "Nectar uptake in bats using a pumping-tongue mechanism". Science Advances. 1 (8): e1500525. ISSN 2375-2548. doi:10.1126/sciadv.1500525.
- Chiroptera Specialist Group 1996. Lonchophylla robusta. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 30 July 2007.
- Nectar uptake in bats using a pumping-tongue mechanism, Science Advances 25 Sep 2015: Vol. 1, no. 8, e1500525, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1500525
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