Ejeta's house bat

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Ejeta’s house bat
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Family: Vespertilionidae
Genus: Scotophilus
Species:
S. ejetai
Binomial name
Scotophilus ejetai
Brooks & Bickham, 2014
Distribution of Scotophilus ejetai.png

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[edit]

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."[2]

Description[edit]

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.[2]

Conservation[edit]

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.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ a b c Brooks, D. M.; Bickham, J. W. (2014). "New species of Scotophilus (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) from Sub-Saharan Africa" (PDF). Museum of Texas Tech University (326).