Mozambique: New bat species discovered in Gorongosa National Park

A new species of bat has been discovered in central Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park (PNG), bringing the number of bat species in the country to 73, the conservation administration announced in a statement on Tuesday.

The new species has been identified by six researchers from PNG’s E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Laboratory, the statement said.

“We are excited to add a new species of bat to the list of species found in Mozambique,” said Piotr Naskrecki, director of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Laboratory and one of the members of the discovery team.

The new species was collected as part of PNG’s biodiversity explorations being conducted by the laboratory.

The bat, continues the press release, was named ‘miniopteru wilsoni’ in homage to the famous biologist and fervent defender of biodiversity conservation Edward. O. Wilson.

Besides PNG, the new species is also found in the mountains of central and northern Mozambique and southern Malawi.

The bats lodge in rock formations that surround the coffee plantations grown in the shade of the Gorongosa mountains and feed on insects and around coffee plants.

They are believed to play a role in eliminating potential pests. 

With about 1,400 known species, bats represent about 22% of all mammal species in the world.