Say hello to the pied bat, or Niumbaha superba, a Sudanese bat species that, earlier this month, was confirmed to belong in an entirely new genus!
Pied bats had been spotted as early as the 1930s, but scientists hadn’t really gotten a chance to research them properly until recently, probably due to this species’ tendency to fly a little higher than usual. Originally, they were classified underneath the genus Glauconycteris, which is characterized by stripes/spots, reticulated wings, and stunted snouts.
I thought this was an interesting coincidence, considering my final project for this class centered around the bumblebee bat, which makes up its own family in the bat branch of the animal kingdom. I know genuses (genii?) and families aren’t the same thing, but the fact that this discovery came so soon after I finished my project amused me.
Plus, lookit that little guy! I want to pet him and love him and call him George!