The Mexican free-tailed bat (genus: Tadarida) enters the LRT

Figure 1. Tadarida, the Mexican free-tailed bat, from Digimorph.org and used with permission. Colors added.

Figure 1. Tadarida, the Mexican free-tailed bat, from Digimorph.org and used with permission. Colors added.

I became interested in this genus
because basal bats and their outgroups have a free tail (distal end not attached to uropatagia). But nothing special came of it. Tadarida nests with Myotis in the large reptile tree (LRT, 1413 taxa)

As you can see
(Fig. 1) Tadarida has giant ears (but not the largest among bats) and the soft rostrum extends far beyond the hard rostrum of this micro-bat.

Tadarida brasiliensis (genus: Rafinesque 1814) is the extant Mexican free-tailed bat. Members of this polyphyletic genus extend to all continents except Antarctica. Tadarida hawks for insects on the fly using its enormous ears to hear sonar reflections bouncing off prey and environment.


I should have mentioned the origin of bats
was featured here, here, here and here.


References
Rafinesque-Schmaltz CS 1814. Précis des décuvertes et travaux somiologiques de m.r CS Rafinesque-Schmaltz entre 1800 et 1814 ou Choix raisonné des ses principales décourvertes en zoologie et en botanique, pour servir d’introduction á ses ouvrages futures. Royale Typographie Militaire, Palermo, Italy.

Image from Digimorph.org and used with permission.

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