Emballonurids are known as sac-winged or sheath-tailed bats. The first of these names describes the glandular sac usually found on the propatagium (leading edge of the wing) in many species. This gland produces a scent used in social displays and to mark territories. Males of some species have a pouch at the base of the throat that may serve a similar function. Emballonurids are also known as sheath-tailed bats because their tail appears to be sheathed in a membrane (uropatagium or interfemoral membrane). The tip of the tail protrudes from the top of this membrane and does not extend for the full length of the membrane.
This family includes 13 genera and 47 species. Their range is tropical and subtropical in both the Old and the New World.
least sac-winged bat
sheath tailed bat
wagner's sacwinged bat
white tipped sac winged bat
Family Pteropodidae (Old World fruit-eating bats)
Family Rhinopomatidae (long-tailed or mouse-tailed bats) Family Craseonycteridae (bumblebee bat) Family Emballonuridae (sac-winged or sheath-tailed bats) Family Nycteridae (slit-faced or hollow-faced bats) Family Megadermatidae (false vampire bats) Family Rhinolophidae (horseshoe bats or Old-World leaf-nosed bats) Family Noctilionidae (bull-dog or mastiff bats) Family Mormoopidae (naked-backed bats) Family Phyllostomidae (New World leaf-nosed bats) Family Natalidae (funnel-eared or long legged bats) Family Furipteridae (smoky or thumbless bats) Family Thyropteridae (disc-winged bats) Family Myzopodidae (old world sucker-footed bats) Family Vespertilionidae (evening bats) Family Mystacinidae (New Zealand short-tailed bats) Family Molossidae (free-tailed bats)
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