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Gallery: Leaf-Living Bats

Roosting Bats

Spix's disc-winged bats roost

(Image credit: © Manuel Sánchez )

Spix's disc-winged bats roost in an unfurling leaf in the rainforest of Costa Rica.

Bat Teeth

Spix's disc-winged bats roost

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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 bat in a roost

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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

Spix's disc-winged bats roost

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A Spix's disc-winged bat takes flight from its roost.

Spix's Disc-Winged Bat in Flight

Spix's disc-winged bats roost

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This Spix's disc-winged bat will find another roost after a night of hunting.

Bat in Flight

Spix's disc-winged bats roost

(Image credit: © Gloriana Chaverri )

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.