Bats that walk: a new evolutionary hypothesis for the terrestrial behaviour of New Zealand's endemic mystacinids

@article{Hand2008BatsTW,
  title={Bats that walk: a new evolutionary hypothesis for the terrestrial behaviour of New Zealand's endemic mystacinids},
  author={Suzanne J. Hand and Vera Weisbecker and Robin M D Beck and Michael R Archer and Henk Godthelp and Alan J. D. Tennyson and Trevor H Worthy},
  journal={BMC Evolutionary Biology},
  year={2008},
  volume={9},
  pages={169 - 169}
}
New Zealand's lesser short-tailed bat Mystacina tuberculata is one of only two of c.1100 extant bat species to use a true walking gait when manoeuvring on the ground (the other being the American common vampire bat Desmodus rotundus). Mystacina tuberculata is also the last surviving member of Mystacinidae, the only mammalian family endemic to New Zealand (NZ) and a member of the Gondwanan bat superfamily Noctilionoidea. The capacity for true quadrupedal terrestrial locomotion in Mystacina is a… CONTINUE READING