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Contact: Janet Lathrop
University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Nectar Feeders Have Very Low Mechanical Advantage

Caption: Glossophaga soricina, a nectarivorous bat, feeding on the flowers of a banana plant. Nectar feeding bats comprised one of three evolutionary optima for mechanical advantage among New World Leaf-nosed bats.

Credit: Beth Clare, Queen Mary University of London

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