Researchers are very much enthusiastic about a newly discovered bat species. It is a significant finding, as animals don’t seem to be experiencing their best period now, due to the many threats they are exposed to. The discovery was made in Wisconsin, and this is the first new bat species found in the last sixty years.
Researchers found the new bat species in Avon Bottoms State Natural Area, in Wisconsin. It is a nocturnal species, and the individuals are called evening bats. The team of researchers found them this summer while looking for specimens prone to white-nose syndrome. The researchers found no less than one hundred sixty individuals inhabiting only two trees. Roughly speaking, sixty of them live in one of the trees, while the rest of them inhabit the other tree.
The researchers were able to found the trees because they first caught one evening bat. They placed a tracking device on it, and then released it and followed it to the trees, where all of its relatives were hiding.
Last time when a bat species was discovered was in 1954 when Indiana bats were found. However, this species hasn’t been seen ever since.
Wisconsin is now the home to no less than nine different bat species. These species are the little brown bat, northern long-eared bat, Indiana bat, big brown bat, silver-haired bat, Eastern pipistrella bat, red bat, Hoary bat, to which the recently found evening bat is added.
The white-nose syndrome is a deadly disease which can lead to the extinction of bats. According to recent statistics, almost six million bats died in the last four years in the United States because of the disease. It is caused by a fungus which can be found in caves. The disease affects them while they hibernate in winter, and it was first discovered in 2006. Specialists report that the white-nose syndrome has been rapidly spreading ever since.
However, bat evening bats, the newly discovered species, doesn’t seem to be affected by the disease. The Department of Natural Resources announced the discovery of the new species earlier this week, on September 13. However, researchers first caught sight of the night’s creatures in mid-summer, in July. It took some time for them to analyze the animals before releasing the news of their existence.
The scientific community is excited about this good news.
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