Wednesday, February 29, 2012

New Kind of like a leaf-nosed bat

Scientists from the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology in Hanoi, Vu Dinh Thong, discover new species of bat, later named Griffin Hipposideros griffini or bats.

Bat specimens were found in Chu Mom Ray National Park in Vietnam in 2008. Bats have the leaves on the nose, which in essence is a feature that serves to support echolocation.

Initially, Vu Dinh had thought that the species is a leaf nose bats are already known. However, further research proved that the different bat species.

"When arrested, bat the same size, such as the bat's nose leaf, reacted strongly. But, bats Griffin reacts quite soft," said Vu Dinh told National Geographic site on Friday (02/24/2012).

Vu Dinh and his team analyzed the resulting sound Griffin bat and take the network to perform genetik.Hasil analysis showed that the frequency of sound produced by Griffin bat is different from other leaf-nosed bats. Genetic analysis also showed that Griffin is a new species of bat.

So far, not much is known about bat Griffin. These animals are also known to exist only on the two national parks in Vietnam although other habitats might be known later.

"The findings show that Vietnam is home to a variety of bats and some of them have not been found," said Vu Dinh.

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