Longest tongue relative to body length

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« on: 07/08/2007 19:46:11 »
From http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/12/061206-tongue-photo.html

Anoura fistulata has the longest tongue, relative to body length, of any mammal — and now scientists think they know why.

"This bat was just discovered last year, and now we've observed a very unique relationship with a local flower," said Nathan Muchhala, a University of Miami Ph.D. student whose team's findings are to be published tomorrow in the journal Nature.

Found in an Andean cloud forest in Ecuador, A. fistulata (aka the tube-lipped nectar bat) evolved mutually with an extremely long, bell-shaped flower, the team says. In fact, armed with a tongue that retracts into the bat's rib cage, A. fistulata is now the only animal that can pollinate the flower.

—Ted Chamberlain

And here is the beastie concerned...

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« Reply #1 on: 07/08/2007 23:40:45 »
Sorry Doc, but my ex had the longest and sharpest tongue relative to anything or anyone.

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« Reply #2 on: 08/08/2007 00:48:28 »
Sorry Doc, but my ex had the longest and sharpest tongue relative to anything or anyone.

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