Wing Design and the Origin of Bats

  • P. Pirlot
Part of the NATO Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (NSSB, volume 14)


Anyone watching bats on the wing, at least in tropical countries and especially in South America, soon becomes aware that not all of them fly in the same manner. Some are faster, some slower, some make extremely swift turns or loops after braking with an astonishing accuracy one foot away from a mistnet, others cruise along relatively straight routes and, although never bumping into anything solid even in a jungle, blindly fall into a black thin mesh stretched across a trail. In general, large bats are heavy flyers while many small species appear to be expert acrobats in their nimble movements.


Flight Path Mass Limit Wing Span Level Flight Wing Structure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Pirlot
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  1. 1.Departement des Sciences BiologiquesUniv. de MontrealMontreal 101Canada

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