Big-Eared Bat Rediscovered

Image of a big-eared bat from Scientific American

Image of a big-eared bat from Scientific American

The New Guinea big-eared bat (Pharotis imogene; specimen pictured above) was thought to be extinct for the past 120 years. The bat is now considered critically endangered or possibly extinct as this specimen is the only known member of the genus. Since very little is known of this endangered bat, researchers who identified this specimen suggest that further research is needed to determine its abundance and distribution. With ongoing deforestation in New Guinea, this species may very well actually become extinct.

Source:

www.theconversation.com

 

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