How many baby New Zealand lesser short-tailed bats are in a litter?
A New Zealand lesser short-tailed bat (Mystacina tuberculata) usually gives birth to around 1 babies.With 1 litters per year, that sums up to a yearly offspring of 1 babies.
Upon birth, they weight 3 grams (0.01 lbs) and measure 2.5 cm (0′ 1″). They are a member of the Mystacinidae family (genus: Mystacina). An adult New Zealand lesser short-tailed bat grows up to a size of 1.12 meter (3′ 9″).
To have a reference: Humans obviously usually have a litter size of one ;). Their babies are in the womb of their mother for 280 days (40 weeks) and reach an average size of 1.65m (5′ 5″). They weight in at 62 kg (137 lbs), which is obviously highly individual, and reach an average age of 75 years.
The lesser short-tailed bat (Mystacina tuberculata) – pekapeka-tou-poto in Māori – is the only living species of bat in the family Mystacinidae, and is endemic to New Zealand. One of the most terrestrial of bats, it is notable for foraging more on the forest floor than any other bat species. Its population is declining, a result of forest clearance and introduced predators.
Other animals of the family Mystacinidae
New Zealand lesser short-tailed bat is a member of the Mystacinidae, as are these animals:
- New Zealand greater short-tailed bat weighting only 27 grams
Animals that share a litter size with New Zealand lesser short-tailed bat
Those animals also give birth to 1 babies at once:
- Pemba flying fox
- Wolf’s mona monkey
- Common brown lemur
- Cape serotine
- Moustached guenon
- L’Hoest’s monkey
- Boehm’s bush squirrel
- Delicate mouse
- Melck’s house bat
- Sundevall’s roundleaf bat
Animals with the same weight as a New Zealand lesser short-tailed bat
What other animals weight around 13 grams (0.03 lbs)?
- Rohu’s bat weighting 12 grams
- Southern birch mouse weighting 11 grams
- Eurasian water shrew weighting 15 grams
- Taiva shrew tenrec weighting 12 grams
- Pale kangaroo mouse weighting 13 grams
- Gervais’s fruit-eating bat weighting 12 grams
- Common planigale weighting 12 grams
- Turbo shrew weighting 14 grams
- Geoffroy’s tailless bat weighting 15 grams
- Rüppell’s horseshoe bat weighting 13 grams