Christmas Island Pipistrelle

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Once abundant on its island home, numbers of this neglected bat plummeted in the 1990s.

Thumbnail-sized – This micro-bat was truly tiny, weighing in at just 3-4g (0.11-0.14oz), with a forearm length of around 3cm (1.2in).

Big appetite – It might have been small, but a fast metabolism meant the Christmas Island pipistrelle could eat up to its entire body weight in insects in a single night

Blind as a… – Like most bats, it relied completely on extremely sensitive hearing and its supersonic vocalisations, which it used to pinpoint prey like a submarine sonar.

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This species feeds on insects and roosts in tree hollows and decaying vegetation

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