International Bat Night: Quiz – Test your knowledge

International bat night is an annual celebration for spreading awareness about the importance and conservation  of bats. Please join us to celebrate this occasion of most misunderstood animals.

  1. Bats are
    1. Mammals
    2. Birds
    3. Amphibians
    4. Reptiles
      They possess the characteristics of mammals, such as giving birth to young ones, feeding young ones with milk from mammary glands and presence of hair in the body.
  2. Approximate number of species of bats
    1. 100
    2. 600
    3. 1400
    4. 6400
      According to ASM mammal diversity, there are 1447 species in the order Chiroptera(order containing all bat species)
  3. How many species of bats found in India feed on blood of other animals
    1. 100
    2. 50
    3. 10
    4. 0
      The only known blood-sucking bats are vampire bats and which are not found in India.
  4. Out of all bat species, how many species of bats are blood sucking bats?
    1. All
    2. Most of the bats
    3. Most of the large bats
    4. Just three
      The only blood-sucking bats are vampire bats, members of the subfamily Desmodontinae, part of New World leaf-nosed bats (Phyllostomidae). There are only three known species in that, the common vampire bat (Desmodus rotundus), hairy-legged vampire bat (Diphylla ecaudata) and white-winged vampire bat (Diaemus youngi).
  5. Can bats see?
    1. Most of the bats are blind
    2. Blind bats use sound to travel and catch its prey
    3. None of the bats are blind
    4. All nocturnal bats are blind
      Bats may not have sharp and colour vision, but no bats are blind.
  6. A group of bats are called
    1. Colony
    2. Herd
    3. School
    4. Flock
  7. Which among the following is the closest relative to bats
    1. Rabbits
    2. Mouses
    3. Pangolins
    4. Foxes
      Why Bats Are One of Evolution’s Greatest Puzzles – Paleontologists seek the ancestors that could explain how bats became the only flying mammals.
  8. A bat listed in the schedule I of wildlife protection act 1972
    1. Salim Ali’s Fruit Bat
    2. Andaman horseshoe bat
    3. Greater mouse-tailed bat
    4. Cantor’s roundleaf bat
  9. Bats are able perform echolocation using – Radio waves, ultrasound, ultraviolet light, infrasound
    1. Radio waves
    2. Ultrasound
    3. Infrasound
    4. Microwave
  10. Which of the following bat is endemic to Western Ghats?
    1. Salim Ali’s Fruit Bat
    2. Ashy-gray Tube-nosed Bat
    3. Lesser mouse-tailed bat
    4. Lesser false vampire bat
  11. Vampire bats are found in
    1. Americas
    2. Africa
    3. Asia
    4. Australia
  12. Which of the following can do sustained flight
    1. Flying fox
    2. Flying lemur
    3. Flying squirrel
    4. All of the above
      Bats are the only mammals capable of sustained flight or powered flight. The rest of them are just gliding.
  13. Baby bats are called
    1. Pups
    2. Cubs
    3. Chick
    4. Joey
  14. Largest bat in the world
    1. Guam flying fox
    2. Golden-capped fruit bat
    3. Kitti’s hog-nosed bat
    4. Great bent-winged bat
  15. Bats are important to us because they – Pollinators, help in seed dispersal, help in pest control, all of the above
    1. are pollinators of important plants
    2. help in controlling pests
    3. help in dispersing seeds
    4. All of the above

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