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This New Bat Looks Like A Tiny Flying Badger


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Niumbaha superba is a new genus of bat just identified in the south Sudan by researchers from Bucknell University.

DeeAnn Reeder, Bucknell University

"My attention was immediately drawn to the bat's strikingly beautiful and distinct pattern of spots and stripes. It was clearly a very extraordinary animal, one that I had never seen before," said Bucknell Associate Professor of Biology DeeAnn Reeder "I knew the second I saw it that it was the find of a lifetime."

Just look at this little bat!

DeeAnn Reeder, Bucknell University

After returning to the U.S., Reeder figured out that this bat was the same type as one previously named Glauconycteris superba which was captured in 1939. But, after analysis, she determined that it doesn't belong in the genus it was in, and is actually an entirely new genus. As you can clearly see by looking at it, the little bat is something special.