New bat species discovered in the Philippines

This video from Australia is about Flying Foxes (bats) in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney.

From ABS CBN News, in the Philippines:

New bat species discovered in Mindoro


The Philippine Star

A new species of flying fox, or large fruit bat, believed found nowhere else in the world, was discovered in Mindoro, the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) announced Sunday.

PAWB director Dr. Mundita Lim said the new fruit bat species has been discovered in Mindoro Island since February 2006, during a collaborative effort between the government and the University of Kansas Biodiversity Research Center.

Lim said a team from the Comparative Biogeography and Conservation of Philippine Vertebrates (CBCPV) project conducted an expedition in Mindoro Occidental early last year that led to the discovery of the new fruit bat species, which has been named as the “Mindoro Stripe-Faced Fruitbat” for its striking facial features and the island on which it was found.

“A local resident of Sablayan first described the flying fox in great detail to us, but we were unconvinced until the species showed up in our nets,” said CBCPV mammologist Jake Esselstyn.

According to Lim, the CBCPV team was conducting a survey of mammals, reptiles, and amphibians in Sablayan, when it found the unusual bat.

The scientific description of the new species, Styloctenium mindorensis, was published last week in the Journal of Mammalogy.

Lim said the discovery of the new fruit bat species brings the total number of bat species in the Philippines to 74. Of the 74, she noted, 26 bat species are now found only in the Philippines.

“The bat is very colorful; most of its hair is orange and it sports three white stripes on its face as well as a black beard, which distinguishes it from all other known fruit bats,” she said.

“This discovery is illustrative of how little we know about Philippine biodiversity and the need for continued research all over the country,” she added.

The new flying fox is known to be only from Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro but the CBCPV team is hopeful that the bat will be found in other areas of the province.

Another bat species from Mindoro is under study by CBCPV team members and is thought to be new to science as well, Lim revealed.

The new species joins other mammal species like the Tamaraw, which is known to be endemic (or restricted) to Mindoro.

See also here.

And here.

Australian ghost bats on film: here.

Flying fox hunting unsustainable in South East Asia: here.

‘Trade unions have been labelled ‘factory terrorists’ by the regime of Gloria Macapagaal Arroyo in the Philippines’: here.

5 thoughts on “New bat species discovered in the Philippines

  1. Researchers Study Bat Colony in Wash.

    Researchers Study Bat Colony That Lives in Underground Structure at Wash. Nuclear Reservation

    The Associated Press

    Researchers are studying a colony of bats that live in an underground concrete structure at the Hanford nuclear reservation in hopes of determining how to provide a new home for them once the structure is demolished.

    The large clearwell near the Columbia River was once used to hold filtered water for Hanford’s F Reactor when it produced plutonium for the nation’s nuclear weapons program. Sometime after it stopped operating about 30 years ago, one of its six hatches was left open, providing a doorway for the bat colony.

    Researchers have twice tried to count the bats by setting up a video cameras with an infrared light outside the hatch. Both times they’ve counted about 2,000 bats, which they consider a low estimate. The number still makes the colony among the largest identified in the state.

    However, the clearwell is scheduled to be demolished in fiscal year 2009, which begins next October.

    “That (gives) us some time to figure out how to deal with it,” said Ken Gano, a natural resource specialist for contractor Washington Closure Hanford. “We can look at the impact to demolishing it and what we can do to provide an alternate roost site.”

    Although they are small animals, it’s a big issue for the Department of Energy, whose policy is to manage the Hanford cleanup with as little impact to plants and animals as possible. Under a presidential order, Hanford must protect animals and other natural resources to allow more of the site to possibly be added to the Hanford Reach National Monument.

    The bat colony qualifies as a priority species designation for the state because it’s a maternity colony, with females spending the spring and summer roosting in the clearwell while each raises a single pup. It’s so large that there is a possibility it’s populating the entire region.

    Researchers believe the bats are a type called Yuma myotis. They have furry brown bodies with black wings. Each Yuma myotis weighs about 6 to 8 grams less than two nickels and has a body smaller than a mouse. But they look bigger in flight because of a wing span that stretches 6 to 8 inches.

    Hanford researchers went inside the clearwell a couple of weeks ago. They found about 30 bats still in the clearwell at the end of summer, but plenty of evidence that more had been there.

    The bats migrate to hibernate when the weather gets too cool for them to find the insects they need.

    The researchers found still more bats when they entered a 700-foot-long flume adjacent to the clearwell that was used to carry water in and out.

    During the next year, researchers hope to learn more about the genetic relationships and diversity within the colony, providing information about the colony’s regional importance. The research also should answer what temperature and humidity the Yuma myotis requires for roosting with data from sensors placed inside the clearwell and flume.

    “There’s not a lot of information about bats and what their habitat requirements are,” said Jon Lucas, an environmental specialist for Areva who is working on the research as part of his work to earn a master’s degree.

    Acoustic sensors will provide information on when the bats show up next spring and also information about when they come and go daily.

    In about a year, the Energy Department should be ready to make a decision on what to do with the colony.

    Information from: Tri-City Herald,

    Copyright 2007 The Associated Press.


  2. hi umm im doing a report on mindoro stripe faced fruit bats for school,but i cant find much information about them
    do u know how ,uch they weight, what the wingspan is, how long they are, what their lifespan is, their environmental status, the habitat they live in, and their reproduction.
    sorry about the amount of questions but i really need to know cause i have looked for hours and i cant find much about them and this report counts as half of my grade
    please help me,



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