March 20, 2012 by staff
Leaf-nosed Bat, A new species of leaf-nosed bat has been discovered in Vietnam which is related to a known species of bat that had long been thought to have gone extinct over 60 years ago.
This new leaf-nosed bat species known as a relative to the Giant Leaf-Nosed Bat was first discovered in 2008, but was nearly mistaken for an already known species until further testing proved otherwise.
The bat discovery was first made by Vu Dinh Thong along with his team at the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology.
The bat was first spotted in the wild in Chu Mum Ray National Park. Scientists were able to capture the bat while they were researching on Cat Ba Island in Ha Long Bay in northern Vietnam in 2008 and thought it was the long lost Giant Leaf-Nosed Bat.
With the help of genetic studies and DNA mapping scientists were able to determine that the species, known as Hipposideros Griffini, was different genetically than its relative the Giant Leaf-Nosed Bat.
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