Profile picture
Patrice K. Connors @PKurnath
, 15 tweets, 9 min read Read on Twitter
NEXT UP: #4 Tasmanian Devil vs. #13 Ghost Bast #2018MMM
The ghost bat (Macroderma gigas) gets its name from the Greek "macros"=large and "derma"=skin #2018MMM
Hopefully you didn't confuse our competitor with the south american bats of a similar name (genus Diclidurus, way more fuzzy) #2018MMM
Marco here is featured in Great Adaptations b/c of it's huge ears, which comprise almost half the length of it's face! #canyouhearmenow #2018MMM
Most bats echolocate, but some like the ghost bat utilize other senses like hearing to hunt prey ranging from insects and geckos to other small bats and mice. #yikes #2018MMM
In fact, the Ghost bat is one of the largest bats in the suborder Microchirpotera, weighing 130-170g (that's 3/4's of a stoat!). #stoatsasmeaurement #2018MMM
However, Ghost bat's competitor tonight tilts the scale between 6-8kg (that's 27-36 stoats...). #stoatsasmeasurement #2018MMM
You've already been introduced to the Tasmanian Devil (Sarcophilus harrisii) by @bittlemethis from #ButtofWhat fame. #2018MMM
But for the new fans, devil's are well known for being, well, little devils. As scavengers, they fight over carcasses & make scary, devil-like noises. #2018MMM Watch you volume on this video...
Notably, Tasmanian devils have the MOST powerful bite force (relative to body size) of ANY LIVING mammalian carnivore! #biteclub #actuallivingscientist #2018MMM paper here…
Both competitors are native to Australia (this marsupial & bat diverged somewhere around 150 MYA, so tonight's battle takes place on the island of Tasmania. #higherseed #2018MM
Dusk has fallen and the ghost bat is out hunting. Ghost bat's teeth are "large, robust, and highly cuspidate" meaning they are great for crushing & crunching (Hudson and Wilson, 1986). #dentition #2018MMM paper here…
But guess who else has specialized dentition, including "carnassial-like molars"? Hint: an opportunistic carnivore that is known to hunt live prey. #2018MMM
The ghost bat hears too late the rustling of a nearby bush, and tonight gets itself crunched instead. #2018MMM
Missing some Tweet in this thread?
You can try to force a refresh.

Like this thread? Get email updates or save it to PDF!

Subscribe to Patrice K. Connors
Profile picture

Get real-time email alerts when new unrolls are available from this author!

This content may be removed anytime!

Twitter may remove this content at anytime, convert it as a PDF, save and print for later use!

Try unrolling a thread yourself!

how to unroll video

1) Follow Thread Reader App on Twitter so you can easily mention us!

2) Go to a Twitter thread (series of Tweets by the same owner) and mention us with a keyword "unroll" @threadreaderapp unroll

You can practice here first or read more on our help page!

Did Thread Reader help you today?

Support us! We are indie developers!

This site is made by just three indie developers on a laptop doing marketing, support and development! Read more about the story.

Become a Premium Member and get exclusive features!

Premium member ($3.00/month or $30.00/year)

Too expensive? Make a small donation by buying us coffee ($5) or help with server cost ($10)

Donate via Paypal Become our Patreon

Thank you for your support!