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|Bats are mammals of the order Chiroptera (; from the Greek χείρ - cheir, "hand" and πτερόν - pteron, "wing") whose forelimbs form webbed wings, making them the only mammals naturally capable of true and sustained flight. By contrast, other mammals said to fly, such as flying squirrels, gliding possums, and colugos, can only glide for short distances. Bats do not flap their entire forelimbs, as birds do, but instead flap their spread-out digits, which are very long and covered with a thin membrane or patagium.
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|† Australonycteris||† Brachipposideros||Common bats|
|Flying foxes||Greater horseshoe Bat||†Icarops|
|Leaf-nosed bats||New Zealand greater short-tailed bat||Northern freetail bat|