Pied bat

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Pied bat
Niumbaha superba nostril shape and orientation - ZooKeys-285-089-g003-top-right.jpeg
Niumbaha superba
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Family: Vespertilionidae
Subfamily: Vespertilioninae
Genus: Niumbaha
Reeder, Helgen, Vodzak, Lunde & Ejotre, 2013
Species: N. superba
Binomial name
Niumbaha superba
(Hayman, 1939)
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Synonyms
  • Glauconycteris superba
    Hayman, 1939
  • Chalinolobus superbus
    (Hayman, 1939)

The pied bat (Niumbaha superba), or badger bat, is a rare species of vesper bat in the family Vespertilionidae.[2] It is the only species in the genus Niumbaha.

Taxonomy[edit]

First discovered in 1939 in Belgian Congo, the species was, at that time, placed in the genus Glauconycteris under the name Glauconycteris superba. Following a 2013 capture in South Sudan, only the fifth recorded capture of the species, the pied bat was determined to be of a new genus entirely, Niumbaha, named after the Zande word for "rare".[3][4]

Geographic range[edit]

It is found in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Ghana and South Sudan.

Habitat[edit]

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests and subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

Conservation status[edit]

It is threatened by habitat loss.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fahr, J., Jacobs, D., Cotterill, F.W. & Taylor, P. (2004). "Glauconycteris superba". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 3.1. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 19 July 2007. 
  2. ^ Simmons, N. B. (2005). "Order Chiroptera". In Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 487. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. 
  3. ^ Platt, J. R. (2013-04-11). "Beautiful Striped Bat Identified as Entirely New Genus". Scientific American blogs. Scientific American. Archived from the original on 2013-04-18. Retrieved 2014-06-06. 
  4. ^ Reeder, D.; Helgen, K. M.; Vodzak, M.; Lunde, D.; Ejotre, I. (2013). "A new genus for a rare African vespertilionid bat: Insights from South Sudan". ZooKeys 285: 89. doi:10.3897/zookeys.285.4892.  edit

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