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Bat that looks like Yoda from Star Wars officially recognized as a new species

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An unusual fruit bat, also known as the bat that looks like Yoda from Star Wars, has officially been recognized as a new species.

The bat initially earned the nickname because of its unusual resemblance to the Star Wars Jedi Master. The bat is said to have a rounder jaw than similar fruit bats and even looks like it is smiling.

After some extensive research, the bat who was discovered in a remote rain forest situated in Papua New Guinea, has been formally registered as a newly identified species and has been renamed as the happy (Hamamas) tube-nosed fruit bat.

It is believed that University of York biologist, Dr. Nancy Irwin and her team studied and examined 3 000 fruit bat specimens in 18 museums around the world before the bat was officially recognized.

On the University of York’s website Irwin said that the species is very difficult to tell apart from other tube-nosed bat species.

“Bat species often look similar to each other, but differ significantly in behavior, feeding and history.

Most of the morphological characteristics that separate this bat from other species are associated with a broader, rounder jaw which gives the appearance of a constant smile.

Since most remote Papuans have never seen Star Wars, I thought it fitting to use a local name: the Hamamas – meaning happy – tube-nosed fruit bat.”

The website also stated that the happy tube-nosed fruit bat’s formal name, Nyctimene wrightae sp. nov., is named after the conservationist Dr. Deb Wright, who devoted 20 years to building conservation programmes and long-term scientific capacity in Papua New Guinea.