Animal Info - Glossary N

Natal
Associated with an animal's birth.
Natant
Referring to something swimming or floating in the water.
Neolithic
Related to or dating from the latest period of the Stone Age, characterized by polished stone implements.
Nocturnal
Active during nighttime.
Nose-leaf
Some bats have a fleshy structure called a " nose-leaf" surrounding the nose. These bats generally fly with their mouth closed and emit ultrasound through their nostrils. The nose-leaf is thought to act as a directional amplifier of this ultrasound, which is used to avoid obstacles and locate prey.
Nuptial
Referring to something that is characteristic of or occurs during the breeding season.

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