The lesser short-tailed bat (Mystacina tuberculata) is the sole surviving member of the family Mystacinidae in New Zealand (5).
Advances in New Zealand mammalogy 1990-2000: short-tailed bats. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand.
These are the long-tailed bat and lesser short-tailed bat
. Both of these species are under threat, and the lesser short-tailed bat
is the last of its family.
Washington, August 8 (ANI): A new fossil-bat discovery has revealed that a walking bat in New Zealand took its marching orders from a 20-mln-yr-old ancestor, which upends a theory that the lesser short-tailed bat
evolved its walking preference independently.
"The lesser short-tailed bat
seems to be the sole survivor of an ancient Australian lineage now found only in New Zealand," said Dr Hand.
The centerpiece of the $1.6 million night house is the 42-foot-long flight cage for 200 Seba's short-tailed bats
-- fruit-eating mammals up to 2 1/2 inches long, with a foot-wide wingspan.
THE ALL YOU NEWS LATEST The group also helped launch our Castle Creatures exhibit in 2015, which houses two species of bat - Egyptian fruit and Seba's short-tailed bats
Visitors can see the nocturnal creatures being fed and learn about the bachelor group of eight Rodrigues fruit bats, and the breeding colony of around 90 Seba's short-tailed bats
, during the 'discover more' sessions hosted by a keeper.
Visitors will be able to see a variety of nocturnal creatures being fed, and encouraged to learn more about the bachelor group of 10 Rodrigues fruit bats and the breeding colony of around 60 Sebas short-tailed bats
, during the new Discover More sessions, presented for the first time by a keeper.