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Bats

(Order: Chiroptera)

Bats are the largest assemblage of mammals in Australia, with 77 species currently recognised today, and a further 3 species listed as extinct. The group comprises the large, often noisy, fruit-bats (or flying-foxes), Ghost Bat, horseshoe bats, leaf-nosed bats, sheath-tailed bats, free-tailed bats, bent-winged bats and the largest group, the vespertilionid bats. Bats have two teats, located near the armpits, and usually produce a single offspring each year.

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