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New Species of Bat Discovered in Brazil

While new species discoveries are generally viewed as good news for conservationists, the November announcement of a new bat species in Brazil meant that another species is actually more vulnerable than previously thought. Long thought to comprise one species, the populations of Bokermann’s nectar bat (Lonchophylla bokermanni) in the Atlantic Forest and the Cerrado are in fact distinct from one another, according to a study in Zootaxa. Scientists say the Atlantic Forest’s population represents a newly described species, which they have dubbed Peracchi’s nectar bat (Lonchophylla peracchii). However, this new classification leaves the entire Bokermann’s nectar bat species restricted to a 150 square kilometers in the Cerrado and at grave risk from habitat destruction.

Bokermann's nectar bat (Lonchophylla bokermanni). Photo credit: Lena Geise

Bokermann’s nectar bat (Lonchophylla bokermanni). Photo credit: Lena Geise

Peracchi's nectar bat (Lonchophylla peracchii). Photo credit: Marcelo Nogueira

Peracchi’s nectar bat (Lonchophylla peracchii). Photo credit: Marcelo Nogueira

 

 

Minas Gerais in Brazil - the study area. Photo by Lena Geise. Read more at http://news.mongabay.com/2013/1115-millar-bat-discovery-brazil-leaves-other-at-risk.html#pLxhKtZPqK4Tv7OT.99

Minas Gerais in Brazil – the study area. Photo by Lena Geise.

source:mongabay.com



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