The suborder, Microchiroptera may now be considered an outdated term for many bat species that were once categorized in this suborder. More specific suborder terms are now being used more often to categorize certain species of bat. These terms are Yinpterochiroptera and Yangochiroptera. Continue reading to learn more about these suborders, and which bats are already included in each.
Also referred to as Vespertilioniformes, Yangochiroptera is a suborder of Chiroptera. This suborder includes the majority of microbat species, with the exception of the Hipposideridae, Rhinopomatidae, Rhinolophidae, and Megadermatidae species. Instead, these exceptions are categorized as part of the Yinpterochiroptera suborder.
Examples of Suggested Yangochiroptera Species:
✦ Bulldog Bats
✦ Disk-Winged Bats
✦ Free-Tailed Bats
✦ Funnel-Eared Bats
✦ Ghost-Faced Bats
✦ Hollow-Faced Bats
✦ Leaf-Nosed Bats
✦ New Zealand Short-Tailed Bats
✦ Sac-winged Bats
✦ Smoky Bats
✦ Vesper Bats
Also referred to as Pteropodiformes, most Megachiroptera are classified as part of the Yinpterochiroptera suborder. This includes virtually all fruit bats, as well as, a few bat species that were once considered Microchiroptera, such as the Horseshoe bat.
Examples of Suggested Yinpterochiroptera Species:
✦ False Vampire Bats
✦ Horseshoe Bats
✦ Kitti’s Hog-Nosed Bats
✦ Mouse-Tailed Bats
✦ Old World leaf-nosed bats
Currently, more and more studies are being conducted, using both molecular and morphological cladistics methodology, to assess the merit and validity of these newly adopted terms. We will see what the future holds! Bats are extraordinary creatures, and a significant part of our surrounding eco-system. They are not our enemies, but they can cause us problems.
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