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India’s first disc-foot bat (Eudiscopusdenticulus)

India’s first disc-foot bat (Eudiscopusdenticulus)

Recently, a team of scientists have discovered a disc-shaped sticky-footed bats species in Meghalaya.

They are specialized bamboo-dwelling bat species, the scientific name of this species is Eudiscopusdenticulus.

Disc-foot bat has been discovered in Lailad near Nongkhyllem Wildlife Sanctuary.

Key Points:

  • With this discovery, the number of species of bats in India increased to 130 and the total in Meghalaya to 66.
  • The disk-footed known from specific localities in southern China, Vietnam, Thailand and Myanmar.
  • A team of scientists from the ZSI and a few European natural history museums stumbled upon this “very specialised” small bat with “disk-like pads in the thumb and bright orange colouration” while sampling in a bamboo patch almost a year ago.

Nongkhyllem Wildlife Sanctuary

Nongkhyllem Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over an area of 29 square kilometers in Ri Bhoi district of Meghalaya. This sanctuary mainly includes the endangered species like Bengal tiger, black bear, leopard, one-necked hornbill and brown hornbill bird.

Source – The Hindu

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