New Indonesian bat discovery


This video from Australia is called Cute baby Fruit Bat.

From Wildlife Extra:

New species of fruit bat discovered in Indonesia

New bat found on Sulawesi but in danger from hunting and trapping

August 2012. A new species of fruit bat has been discovered in Indonesia. In the genus Thoopterus, T. suhaniahae has been found on the islands of Sulawesi, Talaud and Wowoni in Indonesia.

The new species of Thoopterus is a medium-sized fruit bat found in Sulawesi and small adjacent island groups. It is found in primary forest at middle and low land altitudes. The discovery of a second species of Thoopterus endemic to Sulawesi and adjacent islands provides further evidence that Sulawesi is a ‘hot spot’ of bat evolution.

Unfortunately, ongoing large scale hunting and trapping of fruit bats in the north and parts of Central Sulawesi and elsewhere, seriously endangers the survival of this species as well as other fruit bats on these islands.

See also here.

Indicator Bats Program: Online tool to identify European bat calls: here.

Bats Evolved More Than One Way to Drink Nectar: here.

Bats threatened by climate change: here.

Bats Track and Exploit Changes in Insect Pest Populations: here.

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8 thoughts on “New Indonesian bat discovery

    • Yes, I hope that the baby fruit has grown up by now and that it is flying freely :)

      I also hope that there will be measures in Sulawesi to protect the bats (and other wildlife).

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