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Conjoined twins in a wild bat: a case report

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There are numerous records of conjoined twinning in humans and domesticated animals, but many fewer for wild animals because of the early death of conjoined twins. We here describe the incidental discovery and skeletal anatomy of a wild-caught bat fetus with two heads. To our knowledge, this is only the second conjoined bat fetus described, and the first conjoined Artibeus phaeotis. We also revisit the anatomy of the first conjoined bat that was described, a stillborn Eptesicus fuscus.
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  • School of Integrative Biology, 505 South Goodwin Avenue, University of Illinois, Urbana IL 61801, USA
  • School of Integrative Biology, 505 South Goodwin Avenue, University of Illinois, Urbana IL 61801, USA
  • School of Integrative Biology, 505 South Goodwin Avenue, University of Illinois, Urbana IL 61801, USA
  • Department of Biology, University of Western Ontario, 1151 Richmond Street, London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5B7
  • Division of Vertebrate Zoology, American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street, New York NY 10024, USA
  • Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Northeast Ohio Medical University, 4209 State Route 44, Rootstown OH 44272, USA
  • School of Integrative Biology, 505 South Goodwin Avenue, University of Illinois, Urbana IL 61801, USA
  • Institute for Genomic Biology, 1206 West Gregory Drive, University of Illinois, Urbana IL 61801, USA
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