ARTHUR'S FREE BAT  CLIPART

Free Bat clipart, images, illustrations, pictures, gif bitmap graphics, Halloween, vampire, flying fox, fruit bat, and hog nose wooly, trident, hairy, leaf nosed, is of large format and is suitable for presentations and projects and school usage for both students and educators etc. The large images are too big for use on the internet. However you may use the thumbnail clip art pictures for web pages. Selections of both colour and black and white clip art are available, the latter are suitable for coloring books. Please do not use them in any other collections of clipart. To download a thumbnail left click on the picture and then "Save As" to a directory of your choice. To download the full size image, first right click on the thumbnail and then left click on the full size image and "Save As" to a directory of your choice.

A bat is a mammal in the order Chiroptera. The forelimbs of all bats are developed as wings, making them the only mammals naturally capable of flight (though other mammals, such as flying squirrels, flying possums and colugos, can glide for limited distances). The word Chiroptera comes from the Greek words cheir   "hand" and pteron   "wing," as the structure of the open wing is very similar to an outspread human hand with a membrane (patagium) between the fingers that also stretches between hand and body. A  measure of the success of bats is their estimated total of about 1,100 species worldwide, accounting for about 20 percent of all mammal species. About 70 percent of bats are insectivores. Most of the rest are frugivores, with a few species being carnivorous. Bats are present throughout most of the world. Bats perform a vital ecological role by pollinating flowers, and also serve an important role in seed dispersal. Many tropical plants are entirely dependent on bats.

Bats range in size from Kitti's Hog-nosed Bat measuring 29 to 33 mm (1.14 to 1.30 in) in length and 2 g (0.07 oz) in mass, to the Giant golden-crowned flying fox which has a wing span of 1.5 m (5 ft) and weighs approximately 1.2 kg (3 lb).

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