My mother has said most bats are so ugly they’re cute. Although I disagree, I can see her point, sort of. Point in case, the ghost-faced bat. This is a bat I have wanted to catch in my mist nets for some time now. Ray on the other hand has seen these uh, “beauties” upclose and personal.
The facial features of bats vary dramatically by species and influences their use of echoclocation to see the world.
You can see a comparison of several bat species below. The ghost-faced bat has eyes set far back in its ears! It appear that this bat was flying so fast the mere speed caused its face to be rearranged.
The pictures of the ghost-faced bat were taken by Ray on one of his excursions down in south Texas many years ago. So glad I dug them up!
Next time you see a bat, whether blonde or brown, big ears or small, cute or crinkled, keep in mind much of their looks are a product of the physics of echoclocation. Remember, you don’t choose your echoclocation, you’re born that way.
-Jessie & Ray