There are more than 1,400 different species of bats known to science, but most of us just know fruit bats with their dog-shaped faces and insect-eating bats with relatively flattened faces. Nature is full of very different-looking bats, some adorable and others the stuff of nightmares. The picture above is of a white-throated round-eared bat. While these species have their taxonomic Latin names, their common names tend to describe them well. See 30 species of odd-looking bats at Bored Panda, with names like the hammer-headed bat, the yellow-winged bat, the little white-shouldered bat, the big-eared woolly bat, the desert long-eared bat, the eastern tube-nosed bat, and the wrinkle-lipped free-tailed bat.
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