Definition of Genus Desmodus
1. Noun. Type genus of the Desmodontidae: vampire bats.
Generic synonyms: Mammal Genus
Group relationships: Desmodontidae, Family Desmodontidae
Member holonyms: Desmodus Rotundus
Lexicographical Neighbors of Genus Desmodus
Literary usage of Genus Desmodus
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Introduction to Mammalia by Charles Hamilton Smith (1858)
"Genus DESMODUS, P. Max. of Wied Curved Tooth Bats—Dent. form, incis. f, can. \-\, mol. § = -fa = 20. Head small; muzzle obtuse; ears with opercula ..."
2. Zoology: A Systematic Account of the General Structure, Habits, Instincts by William Benjamin Carpenter (1848)
"This is the case with the genus Desmodus, which includes the True Vampyres. The upper jaw is furnished with two large upper incisors in the centre, ..."
3. The Year-book of Facts in Science and Art by John Timbs (1866)
"This and the peculiarities of the dentition seemed to Professor Huxley to indicate the probable necessity of constituting the genus Desmodus, and its allied ..."
4. The Journal of Science, and Annals of Astronomy, Biology, Geology by James Samuelson, William Crookes (1865)
"Whatever may be the case with regard to the other Vampires, we have the most unquestionable evidence as to the blood-sucking habits of the genus Desmodus, ..."
5. Natural Selection and Tropical Nature: Essays on Descriptive and Theoretical by Alfred Russel Wallace (1895)
"They belong to the genus Desmodus, and have a tongue with horny papillae at the end ; and it is probably by means of this that they abrade the skin and ..."