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Bat's Super-Long Tongue Powered by Blood

June 3, 2013
Cally Harper

Lighting for high-speed video was difficult. “The one thing bats don’t like is a lot of light.”

Cally Harper, doctoral student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and video of her research on the Pallas's long-tongued bat (Glossophaga soricina) is featured in National Geographic Daily News online. A new study using high-speed video shows that the tongue's mopping ability is powered by blood, a phenomenon unique in nature, said Harper. Read more.