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Christian Ziegler brings us a photo essay he accomplished while living on tropical Barro Colorado Island which is home to at least seventy four distinct bat species. With thousands of individuals living on a small island which is less than 4,000 acres the bats have adapted to find their own niches in the rainforest architecture.

By evolving their hunting, roosting and flying habits these numerous species are able to cohabitate and share the bounty of their island home. Greater Bulldog bats use their long sharp claws to strike fish at water surfaces, Great Fruit-eating bats dine on nutritious figs while Fringe-lipped Bats use echolocation to capture insects and frogs for dinner. This healthy ecosystem benefits from the bats presence as well - the flying mammals keep insect populations in check, pollinate plants and become food for other forest occupants as well.
Fringe-lipped Bat (Trachops cirrhosus) roosting and calling, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00463174 Fringe-lipped Bat (Trachops cirrhosus) roosting and calling, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Fringe-lipped Bat (Trachops cirrhosus) in defensive posture, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00463315 Fringe-lipped Bat (Trachops cirrhosus) in defensive posture, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Fringe-lipped Bat (Trachops cirrhosus) roosting and calling, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00463314 Fringe-lipped Bat (Trachops cirrhosus) roosting and calling, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Fringe-lipped Bat (Trachops cirrhosus) attacking frog, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00463179 Fringe-lipped Bat (Trachops cirrhosus) attacking frog, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Fringe-lipped Bat (Trachops cirrhosus) feeding on frog, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00463175 Fringe-lipped Bat (Trachops cirrhosus) feeding on frog, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Fringe-lipped Bat (Trachops cirrhosus) eating Tungara Frog (Physalaemus pustulosus), Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00463323 Fringe-lipped Bat (Trachops cirrhosus) eating Tungara Frog (Physalaemus pustulosus), Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Hairy Big-eared Bat (Micronycteris hirsuta) feeding on large katydid, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00463180 Hairy Big-eared Bat (Micronycteris hirsuta) feeding on large katydid, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Greater Spear-nosed Bat (Phyllostomus hastatus) showing teeth, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00463278 Greater Spear-nosed Bat (Phyllostomus hastatus) showing teeth, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Greater Spear-nosed Bat (Phyllostomus hastatus) in defensive posture, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00463260 Greater Spear-nosed Bat (Phyllostomus hastatus) in defensive posture, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Greater Spear-nosed Bat (Phyllostomus hastatus) teeth, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00463279 Greater Spear-nosed Bat (Phyllostomus hastatus) teeth, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Greater Spear-nosed Bat (Phyllostomus hastatus) in defensive posture, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00463261 Greater Spear-nosed Bat (Phyllostomus hastatus) in defensive posture, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Seba's Short-tailed Bat (Carollia perspicillata), Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00463259 Seba's Short-tailed Bat (Carollia perspicillata), Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Thomas's Fruit-eating Bat (Artibeus watsoni) face, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00463232 Thomas's Fruit-eating Bat (Artibeus watsoni) face, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Hairy Big-eared Bat (Micronycteris hirsuta) pair roosting, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00463197 Hairy Big-eared Bat (Micronycteris hirsuta) pair roosting, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Hairy Big-eared Bat (Micronycteris hirsuta) roosting, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00463215 Hairy Big-eared Bat (Micronycteris hirsuta) roosting, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Great Fruit-eating Bat (Artibeus lituratus) feeding on fig, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00463253 Great Fruit-eating Bat (Artibeus lituratus) feeding on fig, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) feeding on a small fish, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00463263 Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) feeding on a small fish, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) feeding on a small fish, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00463267 Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) feeding on a small fish, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) feeding on a small fish, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00463264 Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) feeding on a small fish, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) feeding on a small fish, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00463266 Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) feeding on a small fish, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) foot showing long claws used to catch fish, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00463270 Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) foot showing long claws used to catch fish, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) feet showing long claws used to catch fish, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00463271 Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) feet showing long claws used to catch fish, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) claw holding fish, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00463401 Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) claw holding fish, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) leaving its roost at nightfall, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00463103 Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) leaving its roost at nightfall, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) leaving its roost at nightfall, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00463104 Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) leaving its roost at nightfall, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) leaving its roost at nightfall, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00463313 Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) leaving its roost at nightfall, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) leaving its roost at nightfall, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00463305 Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) leaving its roost at nightfall, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) pair leaving its roost at nightfall, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00463301 Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) pair leaving its roost at nightfall, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) leaving its roost at nightfall, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00463105 Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) leaving its roost at nightfall, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Fringe-lipped Bat (Trachops cirrhosus) leaving roost, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00463154 Fringe-lipped Bat (Trachops cirrhosus) leaving roost, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Fringe-lipped Bat (Trachops cirrhosus) leaving roost, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00477180 Fringe-lipped Bat (Trachops cirrhosus) leaving roost, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) fishing, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00463131 Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) fishing, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) uses its feet to collect insects fluttering on lake surface, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00477173 Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) uses its feet to collect insects fluttering on lake surface, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) fishing, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00463292 Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) fishing, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) fishing, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00463285 Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) fishing, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) fishing, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00463295 Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) fishing, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) fishing, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00463298 Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) fishing, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) fishing, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00463293 Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) fishing, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) fishing, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00463286 Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) fishing, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) fishing, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00463287 Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) fishing, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) flying over water, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00463289 Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) flying over water, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) flying over water, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00463290 Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) flying over water, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) flying over water, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00463291 Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) flying over water, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) fishing, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00463294 Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) fishing, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) fishing, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00463300 Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) fishing, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) fishing, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00463299 Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) fishing, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) sequence catching a fish from Lake Gatun, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00463244 Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) sequence catching a fish from Lake Gatun, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) sequence catching a fish from Lake Gatun, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00463245 Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus) sequence catching a fish from Lake Gatun, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Spix's Disk-winged Bat (Thyroptera tricolor) group roosting in rolled up Heliconia (Heliconia sp) leaf with the help of tiny suction cups on their wings, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro C...  -  Christian Ziegler
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00463240 Spix's Disk-winged Bat (Thyroptera tricolor) group roosting in rolled up Heliconia (Heliconia sp) leaf with the help of tiny suction cups on their wings, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro C...© Christian Ziegler
Spix's Disk-winged Bat (Thyroptera tricolor) group roosting in rolled up Heliconia (Heliconia sp) leaf with the help of tiny suction cups on their wings, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro C...  -  Christian Ziegler
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00463243 Spix's Disk-winged Bat (Thyroptera tricolor) group roosting in rolled up Heliconia (Heliconia sp) leaf with the help of tiny suction cups on their wings, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro C...© Christian Ziegler
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