Having a short tail; having short tail-feathers; brevicaudate; brachyurous: specifically said of many animals and of a few groups of animals.
The Century Dictionary (Public Domain)
Use "short-tailed" in a sentence
"Scientists thought the agile walking/climbing abilities of the New Zealand lesser short-tailed bat, Mystacina tuberculata, was the result of isolation on an island without mammalian competitors, but a fossil bat from Australia shows it also had similar muscle/bone adaptations."
"Fossils of flying reptiles come in two versions: the older long-tailed pterosaurs and the more recent short-tailed versions."
"Meet Lil' Drac, a short-tailed fruit bat taken in by Bat World Sanctuary, an organization with a mission that includes promoting the protection and conservation of wild bats."