Disklike structures on the wrists and ankles of Spix's disk-winged bat adhere to smooth leaves using suction adhesion.

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"Several of the smallest bats, for instance, use [suction adhesion] to cling to smooth leaves, with disklike structures on wrists and ankles. In the 3.5-gram Thyroptera tricolor of Central America, suction provides the main mechanism; these bats' minimal reliance on other schemes such as the two kinds of wet adhesion that follow [Stefan and capillary] limits their ability to cling to anything but smooth surfaces (Riskin and Fenton 2001)." (Vogel 2003:427)

Book
Comparative Biomechanics: Life's Physical World, Second EditionJune 17, 2013
Steven Vogel

Journal article
Sticking ability in Spix's disk-winged bat, Thyroptera tricolor (Microchiroptera: Thyropteridae)Can. J. Zool.April 24, 2011
Daniel K Riskin, M Brock Fenton

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Spix's Disk-winged BatThyroptera tricolorSpecies


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