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Carnivorous plant doubles as bat hotel

Monday, December 19, 2011

Carnivorous plant doubles as bat hotel

 A rare meat-eating pitcher plant has re-made its insect traps into night shelters for tiny bats to have their feces as reward.

The nepenthes rafflesiana elongate, a variety of the species also known as Raffles' pitcher plant, grows in Brunei’s muggy peat forests. It is remarkably poor at catching insects, unlike its many cousins, capturing about one seventh as many..... MORE
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URL: http://rt.com/news/sci-tech/plant-bat-hotel-pitcher/

1 comment

Jesusa Bernardo said...

nakakaaliw ang mga kakatwang ugnayan sa kalikasan. pitcher.plant.cum.bat.hotel with free toilet service this is

"Now Ulmar Grafe of the University Brunei Darussalam and colleagues suggest a key to this oddity. The plant has adapted to get extra nutrition not from hunting, but from working as a sort of night hotel for Hardwicke's woolly bats."

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