Pied bat

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Pied bat
(Niumbaha superba)
Niumbaha superba nostril shape and orientation - ZooKeys-285-089-g003-top-right.jpeg
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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  • 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.


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.


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.


  1. ^ Fahr, J.; Jacobs, D.; Cotterill, F.W. & Taylor, P. (2004). "Glauconycteris superba". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 3.1 (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: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (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.  External link in |work= (help)
  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: 89–115. PMC 3690973Freely accessible. PMID 23805046. doi:10.3897/zookeys.285.4892. 

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