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Nycteridae (slit-faced bats; order Chiroptera, suborder Microchiroptera) A family of bats in which the face is marked by a slit from the nose to between the eyes, formed from a nose leaf composed of fleshy pads. The ears are very large and separate and the uropatagium is large, supported by long calcars and by the tail which extends to its edge, where it ends in a T-shaped vertebra. The body is covered in long, loose fur. The bats are distributed through tropical and subtropical Africa, western Arabia, and part of the Mediterranean region, and in Malaysia and Indonesia. There is one genus, Nycteris, with about 10 species.