Conjoined twins in a wild bat: A case report

Daniel J. Urban, Daniel W. Sorensen, Jennifer A. Maier, M. Brock Fenton, Nancy B. Simmons, Lisa Noelle Cooper, Karen E. Sears

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)189-192
Number of pages4
JournalActa Chiropterologica
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jun 1 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Artibeus phaeotis
  • Chiroptera
  • dicephalus parapagus
  • fetus
  • head

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology


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