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New 'demon' bat discovered in Vietnam (PHOTO) via @mongabay

New 'demon' bat discovered in Vietnam (PHOTO) via @mongabay

New 'demon' bat discovered in Vietnam (PHOTO) mongabay.com September 01, 2011 Murina beelzebub © Gabor Csorba/HNHM. Scientists have discovered three previously unknown bat species in southern Indochina, reports Fauna & Flora International. Researchers from Hungarian Natural History Museum (HNHM) and Fauna & Flora International (FFI) described the new species, which belong to a group known as tube-nosed bats. One of the species, found in Vietnam and described as "diminutive but demonic-looking", is named the Beelzebub’s tube-nosed bat. “We chose the name Beelzebub to reflect the dark 'diabolic' coloration of the new species, and its fierce protective behavior”, said Gabor Csorba of HNHM in a statement. Little is known about the new species, although Neil Furey of FFI, warns that there dependence on forest habitats leaves them "especially vulnerable to ongoing deforestation ...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0901-demon-bat.html

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