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TEXAS NATURE OBSERVATIONS AND REMINISCENCES. 69
esfuie farm, an(1 he met sinl
sl)ecinlens alon<l- the (reekks (ling-
in' to the branch of sole shady
tree. lWhether these \were of the'
saIll!e sl)pe'ies as olIs. I an 1l na)le
to s"ay, at anui rate, it is a very
rare bat to por ocure oal(vadays, as
the i2ints of such hats are gen-
erally\ inaccessable anid hard to
filll. Froiii g,'t eral ap))earanees
it see'nls to bhelo(nuI il thle class of
\-am1lires, on acco( unt of its extra-
,orliniar-v I1are size 2 s ('onp)arel!
killers destroy vast numbers of all
sort of insects includingii beetles,
besides, vast 111111ers of mnoscqui-
toes, flies ets., and also in absence
of such, p,'rhiaps they feed on
frt'it and other sllbstalnces _-un-
like our other bat. which feeds
almost exclusively on nocturnal
insects, 'nats, 11n(1 111mos(qlit )'e..
Besides the teeth to g'rah andl
chew the insects up. all hats have
an ceeedinglv sharp eyesig2ht,
which enables then to c2,tch their'
w -ith our ao unnon sm all bu2it sp ecie.
vihich however, has the salie an-
;tolic i arrlarngllments of the
teeth. a(nd the miost iiterestin,-
prart of t lhe large species is its
head atnd the lon 1, slightly clnrved
teeth. which arc rounded at the
alex aind( sIrve 1o IasticatI' their
insect food. Thle plhoto(grapIh here
was taken after the (outer iouth
Iarts had been artificiallV retrae-
edl. shoiwi i I ith roaws of teeth
nic(,l . No wonder these inseet
prey in pitch (lark nights, or in
dark cavities: and next 1(o thrI
eyes, the ears also are of illlnllnlse
help to these as yet o)bsc'ure ani-
inals: and l)r. ('anlpbhell who has
had nearly a life lon 2 ex nrience,
vwith the h1at, Ias made some very
interesting observations on the
ae(oustical aphIalratus of this noc-
turnal maunal-in the way of the
hat distincty discernin g each in-
sect specie by its Ipeculiar flight
ainl vin2' sounds.
.1 \ ] ,,E: ( T i N ( 1 . AT F rO M T E A N ' ER()N IM (1 A[utE:N T:AIN
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