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... characterized by four large, many-veined, membranous wings that, when at
rest, are held horizontally and at right angles to the longitudinal body axis rather
than vertically (as in members of the other suborder, Zygoptera, or damselflies).
All these animals are members of the suborder Xenarthra, which also contains
the extinct ground sloths and glyptodonts (turtle armadillos). The other suborder,
Palaeanodonta, consists of two families of extinct armadillo-like forms.
These large, grayish or brownish bats range in size from 6.5 centimetres (about
2Vi inches) for Megaderma species up to 14 cm for the Australian false vampire
or ghost bat (Macroderma gigas), the largest bat in the suborder Microchiroptera.
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