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13 of the ugliest animals on the planet

By: Bryan Nelson on Feb. 16, 2016, 12:58 p.m.
Horseshoe bat

Photo: Doug Beckers/flickr

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Horseshoe bat

Like most insect-eating bats — which use echolocation to catch their prey — horseshoe bats have a warped appearance that looks more like an ear than a face. This adaptation makes them more receptive to sound waves, which allows them to swiftly navigate through the air.

The bat gets its name from the shape of its "noseleaves," the fleshy structure surrounding the bat's nose. The upper part is pointed and the lower part is shaped like a horseshoe. The BBC explains that this complex fold of skin is used to send out echolocational calls and help focus the sound.