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Published September 2, 2011 08:39 AM

New 'demon' bat discovered in Vietnam

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 in the region."

"Discovering these new species, while exciting, really represents the beginning," said Furey. "At this point, almost nothing is known about their ecology and what steps, if any, are needed to ensure their continued survival."

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Image credit: Gabor Csorba/HNHM

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