"The sucker-footed bats of Madagascar, Myzopoda aurita, had rarely been seen in the wild and were listed as vulnerable to extinction by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. But several years ago, biologists stumbled upon some colonies in a new-growth forest on the southeastern section of the island, opening the door to studies.
"Daniel Riskin, a postdoctoral research associate in ecology and evolutionary biology at Brown University, traveled last summer to Madagascar to study one of the two species of sucker-footed bats with biologist Paul Racey. In first-time experiments in the wild, the pair made a surprising discovery: The bats don’t use suction after all. Instead, they use wet adhesion, secreting a fluid, possibly sweat, that enables the pads on the bats’ wrists and ankles to attach to surfaces." (Brown University News 2009)Edit Summary