A team of international scientists discovered in Guinea a never-before-seen species of bat with orange fur.
The discovery occurred in abandoned mines around Mount Nimba, in the African country of Guinea.
At that site, researchers from the American Museum of Natural History, the International Conservatory of Bats and the University of Maroua, in Cameroon, found the peculiar bat, unique in its species due to the color of its fur.
“It is a spectacular animal. It has a very distinctive orange fur, that made us think that it had not been described before, " said Winifred Frick , one of the researchers who led the discovery.
Details of the species, named Myotis Nimbaensis in reference to the site of the discovery (Mount Nimba), were published in the scientific journal American Museum Novitates .
The expedition that led to the discovery of the orange bat began in 2018, when the researchers moved to an abandoned mine facility around Mount Guinea that was built in the 1970s and 1980s. Scientists found that this location became an artificial refuge for several bat species endangered . In particular, the researchers were looking for the Hipposideros lamottei , a species endemic to Mount Nimba and whose latest sightings point to the mining area under exploration.
"It is possible that in addition to Hipposideros lamottei , Myotis Nimbaensis is the second species that only inhabits the mountain range of Mount Nimba," added Jon Flanders, researcher at the International Conservatory of Bats.