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Which animal has the longest tongue relative to its body?

tube-lipped nectar batNo, it's not Kiss' bassist Gene Simmons! The honor goes to Anoura fistulata, more popularly known as the tube-lipped nectar bat which is found in an Andean cloud forest in Ecuador.

Biologists have discovered that this bat species has the longest tongue (8.5 cm) relative to its body size of any mammal. Its tongue is 150% the size of its overall body length that retracts into the bat's rib cage when not in use.

It's also been found that the tube-lipped nectar bat has a very unique relationship with an endemic extremely long, bell-shaped flower: the tube-lipped nectar bat is the only animal that can pollinate the flower.


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