Friday, 26 December 2014

Adorable Alien-like Bat Embryos

Credit: Dorit Hockman from the University of Cambridge

This cute alien-like thing is actually a bat embryo of the species Molossus rufus, the black mastiff bat. Adorable, ain't it?

The photo was taken by Dorit Hockman from the University of Cambridge during a study on the species' embryonic development. It was one of the finalists in the Nikon Small World 2012 photomicrography competition where it won the 20th position.

And in case you wonder..here's what this little critter grows to be:

Adult Molossus rufus, the black mastiff bat
Credit: Luis F. Aguirre

References
- Nolte, M., Hockman, D., Cretekos, C., Behringer, R., & Rasweiler, J. (2009). Embryonic Staging System for the Black Mastiff Bat,(Molossidae), Correlated With Structure-Function Relationships in the Adult The Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology, 292 (2), 155-168 DOI: 10.1002/ar.20835

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