Disk-footed bat discovered for first time in Meghalaya
Guwahati: A much specialised bamboo dwelling bat species was discovered near Nongkhyllem Wildlife Sanctuary in Meghalaya.
Reportedly, a team of scientists led by Dr Uttam Saikia of Zoological Survey of India, Shillong, and scientists from a few European natural history museums has found the species.
This bat species Eudiscopus denticulus, aptly called disk-footed bat, has so far been unknown from India.
The new species have been published in the recent edition of Swiss journal Revue Suisse de Zoologie.
The Eudiscopus denticulus is very distinctive in appearance with prominent disk like pads in the thumb and bright orange colouration.
While sampling in a bamboo patch adjacent to Nongkhyllem WLS last summer, Saikia and his ZSI colleagues stumbled upon a striking looking small bat.
So far, this species is known from a few localities in Southern China, Vietnam, Thailand and Myanmar.
This new locality in Meghalaya is about 1000km westward range extension of the species and the present record has added an additional genus (a category above species) and species to the bat fauna of India.
It is also to be mentioned here that, several interesting species has been reported from Meghalaya, raising the tally to an astonishingly high 66 bat species from the state.