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Mexican Long Tongued Bats

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Alex Mauseth

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Mexican Long Tongued Bat
Their location ranges from Arizona, California, New Mexico, Texas, Mexico, and Central and South America.

How do we affect them?
We effect Mexican Long-tongued bats in many ways, some include Cave exploring, Oil Mining and inhabiting the desert.
Fun Facts
Lesser-long nosed bats look like they are wearing pants, while a mexican long tongued bat looks like it is wearing a skirt.

Most bats don't have rabies but people should never touch bats and wildlife.

Bats are not blind, they have very good eye sight actually.

White cacti flowers are the flowers that get pollinated by night time animals like our bat.
I had just been given life to a couple of months ago in the desert. My mother has told us that it is time to learn how to fly. I'm very scared if I fall into the sand and I break something, the warm rough but smooth desert sand is grazing the sunset across the sky. Okay its my turn I get a shove, I fall and catch myself in my wings and swoop up and soar. I feel frightened I am so high up but this is my nature, how had no one told us how amazing this place is? I look down I see the sand warm crumbley dirt on the ground I look some more and notice all the the plants such as cactus, flowers and other nervous animals. I am getting hungry and I spot a new flower to pollinate have never seen before. I go down into the flower plant. The smell is amazing and warm and comforting and I go in and drink the nectar to my satisfaction.

I go back up I begin to notice all of the other plants there are so many colors red, pink, yellow and more! I am very excited to see more I fly lower and see the very sharp thorns on the cactus with the green smooth surface underneath. I turn around to head home and I notice that there are vultures big black birds, I am feeling frightened I don't know what they eat or if they want me. I continue I smell the warm air but very musky dirt and dryness of the desert air. I hear the vultures crying and the wind howling under my wings this is amazing.

I fly and fly and am enjoying how I get to see the world from my view because I wouldn't have it any other way! I begin to go to the cave my brothers have decided they want to wrestle around with me. I seep into the cave they jump on me and throw me around having more fun than ever after our first day of flying. We are very tired and sleepy because of the long day of flying around and discovering and day is coming. Its time for bed we hang upside down and drift to sleep.
Natural disasters can affect the ecosystem in various ways simply by sending it into a succession. If the desert were to have a flash flood the water would wash away any life and begin a start over or secession for the desert. Also if there were to be a sandstorm the sand could destroy the food source or it could go into the caves and kill the bats. Another thing that could set off a succession would be a brush fire could send the food to burn and leave the bats to starve. These natural disasters can be dangerous and happen often sometimes because of the environment.

Primary is from nothing and involves pioneer species to inhabit it. Secondary is destroyed and restored. A climax community is in charge of rehabilitating it.
I can’t seem to understand what is going on around me, but I do know what it’s doing to my home. I hear drills and the sound of rock breaking around me, they are destroying our caves. I may be a small animal, but I can understand that they are ruining my home. My keen ears are picking up the vibrations in the area, every tremor caused by man. I don’t understand, I want too but can’t. I’m afraid of going back to my home, because I know I have risks while being around humans. They scare me, they are dangerous and I know it.

I watch silently as my home is destroyed, and the animals around me are all scared as well. You can see it in their faces. You can see the fear in their walk, the way they approach and avoid these men. We all know what is happening, but can’t do anything to stop it. These men trample our food sources, destroy our homes, and kill our young by accident. Do they even realize that there are other living things around them?

Even if they do, I don’t think they care about us. They don’t see how much they need us. We give them almost everything they use. They steal our skins, our food, everything we rightfully own. I can’t understand them, just like they can’t understand me. I just wish that there was a way to learn about them. If that isn’t possible, I wish for someone to teach them that we are here. We are needed, we are important to the desert. Soon, if they don’t stop, we won’t be here anymore.

Choeronycteris mexicana
Mexican Long-tongued bats
Mexican Long-tongued bats are a type of nectar bat, found in the desert ecosystem. They are a keystone species because of the fact that are one of the main types of pollinator that the desert has. Because of this, they are the ones regulating food sources.
Choeronycteris mexicana
Cycles of matter
Cycles of matter
Cycles of matter
Natural Hazards
Point of View
The graph above shows how the desert ecosystem is affected by our keystone species. This graph does not include actions such as pollination or human effects, but it does show how our species interacts with the other animals in their ecosystem.
Population growth graphs.
With Mexican Long-Tongued bats.
Population growth graphs.
Without Mexican Long-Tongued bats.
In this graph, we have taken the keystone species out of the data, to find that the ecosystem starts to crumble. Mexican Long-tongued bats are crucial to the desert ecosystem to keep it healthy.
Population growth graphs.
Pollination caused by the bat population
This graph shows pollination in the desert. This graph is included due to the fact that our keystone species, is a pollinator. This is why they are so important to the desert ecosystem.
Title: Mexican Long-tongued bats and their impact.

Thesis: Mexican Long-tongued bats are important to the desert ecosystem because they regulate the food sources.

1. They regulate food sources in the desert ecosystem.

2. Pollination and how they do it.

3. They access flowers in a unique way.

Argument for why the Mexican Long-tongued bat is important
Other descriptions of the Mexican Long-Tongued bat
The Mexican long-tongued bat is a medium-sized nectar bat with a long and slender nose. It has a fourteen inch wingspan and It has medium-sized ears and a very small tail and of course is a greyish brown color. Their bodies are no bigger then five inches, but their wing span is up to fourteen inches. On top of being a fairly small mammal mexican Long-tongued bats weigh only a little more then half an ounce. Their mouths are their most interesting feature. Inside their mouths, they have the tongue they are named after. Their tongues can extend up to one and a half inches, almost a third of their body. Which is huge. They also lack front teeth on their bottom jaw, to aid in nectar drinking.
Work Cited
The Bat With The Long Tongue - Mexican Long-Tongued Bat. (2013, January 1). Retrieved September 22, 2014, from http://www.wild-facts.com/2013/mexican-long-tongued-bat/

Mexican long-tongued bat. (2014, September 15). Retrieved September 22, 2014, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexican_long-tongued_bat

Mexican Long-Tongued Bat. (n.d.). Retrieved September 22, 2014, from http://www.pima.gov/cmo/sdcp/species/fsheets/vuln/mltb.html

Mexican Long-tongued Bat (Choeronycteris mexicana). (n.d.). Retrieved September 24, 2014, from http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/wild/species/mexlong/

Any other information was provided by our community memeber;
an Arizona park ranger.

Hydrogen and Oxygen cycle
Carbon cycle
Nitrogen cycle
Trophic level Pyramid
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