Bigger bats may have a higher chance at surviving  white-nose syndrome, a deadly fungal disease, than smaller bats. The disease wakes up bats while they are hibernating so their fat reserved to survive the winter gets depleted. Massey University researchers in New Zealand studied how the disease affects bats and found that bats with more stores of fat, that is big brown bats (Eptesicus fuscus), fare better than the smaller little brown bats (Myotis lucifugus).





Behavior, body size impact bats’ fight against white-nose syndrome

Science News (blog)

BIG BAT, LITTLE BAT New models that consider bat size in relation to white-nose syndrome indicate that smaller bats like the North American little brown bat, Myotis lucifugus (shown), may be more susceptible to the disease and will struggle to survive …

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