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Na'vi Name



Scorpiobattus volansii - flying scorpion bat


Purple-blue hues


Wingspan up to 3 meters

Behind the Scenes
First Appearance


The stingbat (Na'vi name: riti) is a small, foul-tempered aerial predator with a highly developed navigational system.

Stingbats continue to fly into the range of automated sentry guns that defend the Hell's Gate compound, resulting in constant slaughter. Their diminished cerebral capacity also makes them common prey for larger predators such as the forest banshee, but their prodigious mating habits ensure a steady population.


Stingbats typically have purple-blue skin with bright yellow markings. Unlike other aerial creatures of Pandora, the stingbat's second pair of limbs have not evolved into wings, rather serving as pincer-like arms that can strike at predators and prey. They have four yellow eyes and prominent crest structures on the head and jaws. The stingbat has translucent fangs and claws with predominant bioluminescence on the wing membrane and torso. One of the stingbat's features is a scorpion-like tail stinger. Despite their highly developed visual navigational system, their small brain cavity and cerebral cortex inhibits their innate survival mechanisms.


Stingbats are nocturnal and can be found sleeping upside-down during the day with their wings wrapped around themselves. They are omnivorous and feed on both flora and fauna, preferring rodent-sized creatures, lizards, and fruit. The stingbat usually feeds alone but will swarm with other stingbats against larger prey such as a small hexapede. They are one of the few animals that can consume the nectar of the centipede, as they are unaffected by the toxins in the glands of the branches around the flower.[1]

In Na'vi Culture[]

Despite their venomous tail spines, some Na'vi tame stingbats and keep them as pets. They can be trained to come to call with clicks between the tongue and teeth, perching on their owner's shoulder to eat fruit from their hands.[2][3] The Na'vi also harvest and use their tails as plectrums for playing musical bows.[4]



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