UQ researchers find bat thought extinct for 120 years

June 4, 2014 8:19 PM

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UQ researchers find bat thought extinct for 120 years

A wildlife expedition in remote Papua New Guinea has landed a rare discovery for University of Queensland researchers – the capture of a type of bat thought to have been extinct for the past 120 years.

Students from the UQ School of Agriculture and Food Sciences caught the bat, now known to be a New Guinea Big-eared Bat Pharotis Imogene, about 120km east of the only previous known locality at Kamali in the Abau coastal district of Papua New Guinea’s Central Province.

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