Ejeta's house bat
|Ejeta’s house bat|
Brooks & Bickham, 2014
Ejeta's house bat (Scotophilus ejetai) is a species of vesper bat found in Ethiopia. It was described as a new species of bat in 2014.
Taxonomy and etymology
It was described as a new species in 2014. The eponym for the species name "ejetai" is Ethiopian-American scientist Gebisa Ejeta. Ejeta was honored with the species name because the holotype was collected from Ethiopia, and "the results of [Ejeta's] work have dramatically enhanced the food supply of hundreds of millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa."
Its forearm length is approximately 50 mm (2.0 in). The fur on its dorsal surface is a reddish mahogany color, while the fur on its ventral surface is orange with a grayish tint towards its posterior.
It is currently assessed as least concern by the IUCN. It meets the criteria for this classification because the locations it is known from are widely-dispersed, suggesting a wide geographic range. Its range possibly includes protected areas.
- Monadjem, A. (2017). "Scotophilus ejetai". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2017: e.T84466810A84466814. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-2.RLTS.T84466810A84466814.en.
- Brooks, D. M.; Bickham, J. W. (2014). "New species of Scotophilus (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) from Sub-Saharan Africa" (PDF). Museum of Texas Tech University (326).