The long tongues of some fruit bats efficiently scoop up nectar and pollen using brush-like papillae covering the tongues' surface.

“Macroglossus means simply big-tongues and the bats that carry that name have a tongue as long as their body with a brush-like surface that enables them to scoop up nectar and pollen in great quantities.” (Attenborough 1995:122)

Last Updated August 18, 2016