The animal with the longest tongue in proportion to its body is thought to be a rare type of orchid bee, called an euglossa natesi. The bee itself is less than 1 inch (2.54 cm) long, but its tongue extends as far as 1.32 inches (about 3.4 cm) — about twice the length of the bee's body. The mammal with the proportionally longest tongue is the South American tube lipped nectar bat. Although this bat is only about the size of a mouse, its tongue is about 150 percent of its body length, which would be like a person who is 6 feet (1.8 m) tall having a tongue that is 9 feet (2.7 m) long.
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