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Funnel-Eared Bats: Natalidae

Funnel-eared Bats And People

Bacteria that cause fevers in humans have been isolated in one species of funnel-eared bat, the Trinidadian funnel-eared bat. Many bats, such as this one, have bacteria or other organisms associated with their droppings, waste, that can lead to diseases in people.


The genus (JEE-nus) name Natalus comes from the Latin word natus meaning to be born. (Natus is also the root word for nature.) These bats were given this name because they are small and look like newborns even as adults.

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