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Scientists find new bat in West African “Sky Islands”

Source: amnh.org

A new species of a striking orange and black bat from the Nimba Mountains in West Africa has been described by scientists from the Museum and Bat Conservation International.

The discovery of the species, named Myotis nimbaensis in recognition of the Guinea mountain range it inhabits, highlights the importance of sub-Saharan “sky islands”—mountain peaks about a mile above sea level that are home to habitats that are drastically different from surrounding lowlands— to bat diversity. MORE

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