New species of bright orange bat discovered in Guinea

Posted by Leila Stein on 17 January 2021

Scientists discovered a new species of orange and black mountain bat in the mountains in West Africa.

The researchers were led by the American Museum of Natural History and Bat Conservation International and believe this new species are likely critically endangered.

New species of bright orange bat discovered in Guinea

The new species has been named Myotis nimbaensis, as it comes from the Nimba mountains.

‘In an age of extinction, a discovery like this offers a glimmer of hope,’ said Winifred Frick, chief scientist at Bat Conservation International and an associate research professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz in a statement.

‘It’s a spectacular animal. It has this bright-orange fur, and because it was so distinct, that led us to realise it was not described before. Discovering a new mammal is rare. It has been a dream of mine since I was a child.’

The new species has been named Myotis nimbaensis, as it comes from the Nimba mountains. The mountains are well-known for their biodiversity and extensive species of bats.

‘As soon as I looked at it, I agreed that it was something new,’ said Simmons, the lead author of the paper and Bat Conservation International Board member. ‘Then began the long path of documentation and gathering all the data needed to show that it’s indeed unlike any other known species.’

The researchers are working on ensuring the habitats in these mountains are safeguarded for these species. This is especially needed as many species are disrupted by the mining projects in the area.

Picture: American Museum of Natural History.






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