Spix's disc-winged bats roost in an unfurling leaf in the rainforest of Costa Rica.
Spix's disc-winged bats form groups of five or six, staying together for years despite their itinerate lifestyles.
Spix's Disc-Winged Bat
A new study of Spix's disc-winged bats finds that their tubular roosts also serve as hearing aids, amplifying the cries of flying bats so those in the roost can hear them better.
Bat Exits a Roost
A Spix's disc-winged bat takes flight from its roost.
Spix's Disc-Winged Bat in Flight
This Spix's disc-winged bat will find another roost after a night of hunting.
Bat in Flight
Disc-winged bats are named for the suction-cup like structures on their wings and feet, which allow them to cling to the smooth surfaces of their leaf roosts.
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Stephanie Pappas is a contributing writer for Live Science, covering topics ranging from geoscience to archaeology to the human brain and behavior. She was previously a senior writer for Live Science but is now a freelancer based in Denver, Colorado, and regularly contributes to Scientific American and The Monitor, the monthly magazine of the American Psychological Association. Stephanie received a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of South Carolina and a graduate certificate in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz.