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Caribbean bat species need 8 million years to recover from recent extinction waves

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Each evening, thousands of bats rush out of caves in the Caribbean, here seen in Puerto Rico.

Each evening, thousands of bats rush out of caves in the Caribbean, here seen in Puerto Rico.

Credit: Liliana Dávalos


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Caves are critical habitats for Greater Antilles bats. Bats rebound slowly from loss of habitat.

Caves are critical habitats for Greater Antilles bats. Bats rebound slowly from loss of habitat.

Credit: Liliana Dávalos


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The Cuban fruit-eating bat, a species in the Greater Antilles, where it eats fruit, visits flowers.

The Cuban fruit-eating bat, a species in the Greater Antilles, where it eats fruit, visits flowers.

Credit: John Flanders


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The Antillean ghost-faced bat hunts moths and other insect prey along forest edges.

The Antillean ghost-faced bat hunts moths and other insect prey along forest edges.

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The greater bulldog bat, or fishing bat, listens for echoes over the water to detect its fish prey.

The greater bulldog bat, or fishing bat, listens for echoes over the water to detect its fish prey.

Credit: Jon Flanders


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Biologist Liliana Dávalos conducting research in the lab with graduate and undergraduate students.

Biologist Liliana Dávalos conducting research in the lab with graduate and undergraduate students.

Credit: Margarita Bartasunaite


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