Belonging to the class Mammalia, Bats are under the order Chiroptera. With forelimbs that are covered in a thin membrane (a patagium, which in the bat is a fold of skin between the forelimbs and hindlimbs) and adapted as wings, they are the only living mammal that are capable of true and sustained flight.

Bats can be found in tropical and temperate zones around the world. Their habitat are varied from tropical forest to desert zones, agricultural areas and open fields to urban environments. They have very specific roosting needs, that vary from caves and crevices, to trees and under logs. They have even been know to dwell in artificial habitats such as buildings. Whilst they may have specific roosting needs, they are also known to vary their roosting behaviour at different times of the year

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  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Clade: Scrotifera
  • Order: Chiroptera
  • Suborders:
    • Megachiroptera
    • Microchiroptera

Footnote & References

  1. Chiroptera, Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:biodiversity.org.au:afd.taxon:5c2aa4eb-fcff-4250-9015-2900065615a2#overview