Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Bizarre bat with longest tongue discovered in Bolivian park

Date: August 21, 2015

Source: Wildlife Conservation Society

Summary: A groundbreaking Bolivian scientific expedition, Identidad Madidi, has found a bizarre bat along with a new species of big-headed or robber frog (Oreobates sp. nov.) from the Craugastoridae family in Madidi National Park.

The researchers found the bizarre tube-lipped nectar bat (Anoura fistulata) -- the first record of this species in the park. Described in Ecuador just a decade ago and known from only three records. It has the longest tongue in relation to its size of any mammal -- stretching 8.5 cm to reach into the deepest flowers.

The frog was found during the first leg of an 18-month long expedition to chronicle the staggering wildlife living in what is believed to be the world's most biodiverse park.

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