Most bats lap nectar like cats lap milk via papillae, or tiny hairs on the end of their tongues. The grooved-tongued bat, however, drinks nectar while maintaining contact with the nectar the whole time they are drinking. The tongues of these bats have a “conveyor belt” like mechanism.

 

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Some bats chug nectar with conveyor belt tongues

Nectar-feeding bat tongues come in two varieties: hairy and groovy. By analyzing high-speed videos of bats feeding, ecologists found that the two anatomies translate to vastly different feeding behaviors. Most nectar-feeding bats have tiny hairs called …

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