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Myzopoda aurita, Old World Sucker-Footed Bat
Dr. Nancy Simmons - American Museum of Natural History
Myzopoda aurita
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National Museum of Natural History (USNM 449282)

Image processing: Dr. Amy Balanoff
Image processing: Dr. Julian Humphries
Publication Date: 22 Mar 2003

Views: whole specimen | head only


Myzopoda aurita, the sucker-footed bat, has unusual suction pads on its wrists that it uses to cling to smooth leaf surfaces while roosting (click on the thumbnail for a 1 mb animation). It is the only member of the family Myzopodidae, and it is known only from the island of Madagascar.

About the Species

This specimen was made available to The University of Texas High-Resolution X-ray CT Facility for scanning by Dr. Nancy Simmons of the American Museum of Natural History, courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution Division of Mammals. Funding for scanning was provided by a National Science Foundation grant (DEB-9873663) to Dr. Simmons, and funding for scanning and image processing was provided by a National Science Foundation Digital Libraries Initiative grant to Dr. Timothy Rowe of The University of Texas at Austin.

About this Specimen

This specimen was scanned by Matthew Colbert on 13 January 2003 along the coronal axis for a total of 1755 slices. The specimen was mounted in florists foam for scanning. Each slice is 0.037 mm thick, with an interslice spacing of 0.037 mm and a field of reconstruction of 33.0 mm. Image processing was done on every other slice in the coronal stack.

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To cite this page: Dr. Nancy Simmons, 2003, "Myzopoda aurita" (On-line), Digital Morphology. Accessed July 25, 2024 at http://digimorph.org/specimens/Myzopoda_aurita/head/.

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