• Big ear bat picture. Photo credit: University of QueenslandBig ear bat picture. Photo credit: University of Queensland

UQ rediscovers 'extinct' bat

Two University of Queensland students have rediscovered a Papua New Guinea bat species that was thought to have been extinct for over 100 years. The students from the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences were on a field expedition to the Abau coastal district when they caught one of the bats. The first and only time that the ‘New Guinea Big-eared Bat Pharotis imogene’ had been reported was in 1890 so the recent capture of this bat is of great significance.

The species is listed as critically endangered on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature ‘Red List’ of Threatened Species and it is also on the list of the top 100 of the world’s unique and endangered mammals.

You can read more about this discovery on the University of Queensland's website here. If you would like to find out more about the University, you can contact Study Options for a prospectus or read their profile page.

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