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Thyropteridae (disc-winged bats, sucker-footed bats; order Chiroptera, suborder Microchiroptera) A family of bats in which there are adhesive sucker discs, borne on stalks on wrists and ankles, used when the animals roost in smooth banana leaves that have not yet opened and therefore are rolled. The first digit of each limb bears a claw. The nose is simple, with no leaf, the ears are simple and immobile, and the tail extends a little beyond the edge of the uropatagium. Thyropteridae occur in tropical Central and S. America and in the W. Indies. There are two species in a single genus, Thyroptera.


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Thyroptera (disc-winged bats) See THYROPTERIDAE.