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8 of the smallest animals of their kind

By: Katherine Butler on Sept. 26, 2011, 8:43 a.m.
bumblebee bat hanging from glove

Photo: Daniel Hargreaves

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Kitti's hog-nosed bat

The Kitti’s hog-nosed bat, also known as the bumblebee bat, is the smallest known bat on Earth. Critically endangered, the animal weighs around 2 grams (.07 ounces), which is roughly the weight of a dime. Further, it reaches “heights” of only about 1 1/2 inches. Craseonycteris thonglongyai is known to live in parts of Thailand and Myanmar. To the naked eye, it can seem like a hummingbird while in flight, hovering over the bamboo leaves it likes to frequent. The Kitti’s hog-nosed bat was discovered in 1973 by Thai biologist Kitti Thonglongya and named for him posthumously. Due to logging and deforestation, this tiny bat is critically endangered and is on the Thai government’s list of 12 most endangered animals. In this photo, the bat is hanging from a glove.