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Dmntd
09-13-2005, 03:16 AM
living mammal known to man?

Anthony

WRATHWILDE
09-13-2005, 03:32 AM
The bumblebee bat, at 2.0 grams? But could you really call that living?

Wrathwilde

lostnbronx
09-13-2005, 04:28 AM
This bat is considered one of the twelve most endangered animals on Earth, and may actually be extinct by now.



The bumblebee bat, at 2.0 grams? But could you really call that living?

Wrathwilde


Well, as the Outlaw Josey Wales said: "Dyin' ain't much of a livin', boy."

-David

Dan McFeeley
09-13-2005, 05:53 AM
The Etruscan pygmy shrew is also considered the smallest living mammal, weighing 2 grams, same as the bumblebee bat.


http://www.masterliness.com/a/Pygmy.White.toothed.Shrew.htm
The Etruscan Pygmy Shrew or the White-toothed
Pygmy Shrew (Suncus etruscus) is the lightest
known mammal by mass, weighting only 2 grams.
The lightest known mammal by skull size is the
Bumblebee Bat.

Dmntd
09-13-2005, 10:21 AM
The bumble bee bat, first found in 1973. From the tip of its nose to the end of its body its 1.14" to 1.3" long with a wing span of 6.3".

Unlike other bats, bumble bee bats don't have tails and are the only flying mamal know to be able to hover in flight.

The pygmy shrew @ 3.94" is the smallest mammal native to the UK.

Anthony

Dan McFeeley
09-13-2005, 10:31 AM
This is cool -- click here to see an image of the bumble bee bat:

http://www.wildlifefund.or.th/bumble_bee_bat_project.html