Mount Missim long-eared bat

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Mount Missim long-eared bat
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Family: Vespertilionidae
Genus: Nyctophilus
Species:
N. shirleyae
Binomial name
Nyctophilus shirleyae
Parnaby, 2009
Distribution of Nyctophilus shirleyae.png
Distribution of the Mount Missim long-eared bat

The Mount Missim long-eared bat (Nyctophilus shirleyae) is a species of slit-faced bat found in Papua New Guinea.

Taxonomy and etymology[edit]

The Mount Missim long-eared bat was described as a new species by H. Parnaby in 2009. The holotype had been collected in 1988 on Mount Missim by H. Parnaby. The eponym for the species name "shirleyae" was H. Parnaby's mother, Shirley Jean Parnaby. H. Parnaby wrote that she was "a great admirer of the people of the Papua New Guinea nation and its biodiversity," in addition to a supporter of his childhood interest in mammals.[2]

Description[edit]

Its forearm length is approximately 46.8 mm (1.84 in). Individuals weigh 11.5–13 g (0.41–0.46 oz).[2]

Range and habitat[edit]

It is endemic to Papua New Guinea. It has been documented at elevations between 500–1,700 m (1,600–5,600 ft) above sea level.[1]

Conservation[edit]

As of 2017, it is assessed as a data deficient species by the IUCN. It is characterized as "very poorly known," though it suspected that its population size is decreasing due to habitat destruction. Additional surveys are necessary to determine its range and abundance.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Parnaby, H. (2017). "Nyctophilus shirleyae". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2017: e.T85289876A85289880. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-2.RLTS.T85289876A85289880.en.
  2. ^ a b Parnaby, H. E (2009). "A taxonomic review of Australian Greater Long-eared Bats previously known as Nyctophilus timoriensis (Chiroptera:Vespertilionidae) and some associated taxa". Australian Zoologist. 35: 39–81. doi:10.7882/AZ.2009.005.