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Old 07-01-2009, 04:59 PM   #1
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Scientists discover new tiny bat species in Comoros
Posted : Thu, 25 Jun 2009 13:53:43 GMT
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Scientists discover new tiny bat species in Comoros : Nature Environment
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Geneva - Scientists have discovered a small new bat species weighing just 5 grams on the Comoros island archipelago in the Indian Ocean, the Natural History Museum in Geneva said. Manuel Ruedi, from the Geneva museum and one of the lead scientists involved in the discovery, said that while they had found the new species it was already on its way to being on an endangered list.

"Forest bats are endangered by deforestation, and in particular this one also," explained Ruedi in a telephone interview.

The new species was named Miniopterus aelleni, in tribute to the late Villy Aellen, a former director of the museum and an expert on bats.
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Old 07-04-2009, 03:11 PM   #2
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That's pretty small!
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Old 07-06-2009, 12:29 AM   #3
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Our pipistrelle weighs the same or less and our little brown bat only weighs around 25 grams.
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Old 07-09-2009, 03:40 PM   #4
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I've got a small bat living in my barn. He's always in the same corner up in the rafters. Never bothers anyone so I just leave him be. But I must admit to being just a bit nervous when I'm working in that area. The rafters aren't all that high. LOL I took some pics one day to see what he really looks like. Used the flash and took a few, then figured I better quit before he woke up and flew at me. Imagine my surprise when I downloaded the pics and in every one he is looking straight at me! I'll post them when I get home.
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I can't wait to see his beady little eyes.....Bet they're red!
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Old 07-13-2009, 05:50 PM   #6
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Sorry, forgot to post before I left town on a short vacation. Here's the pic. I was really creeped out when I realized he was watching me the whole time.
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They're gentle creatures... and they don't take up a lot of space.
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Old 07-14-2009, 07:58 AM   #8
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He definitely does not take up much space. Those are 2 x 6 rafters so he might be 3 inches long. We put plywood walls in last weekend and were right up around him hammering and running screws in and he never moved. I was going to close in the ceiling too but after seeing him there day after day I changed my mind so he can stay as long as he wants. Just don't want a whole bunch of them in there.
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