Niumbaha – A new genus of bats

Beautiful bat species Niumbaha superba (Credit: DeeAnn Reeder, Bucknell University)
Beautiful bat species Niumbaha superba (Credit: DeeAnn Reeder, Bucknell University)

Niumbaha is the new genus of the bats discovered by the researchers from Bucknell University and Fauna & Flora International while conducting field research with wildlife authorities in South Sudan.

Researchers found the new bat as the same to the Glauconycteris superba but they believed that the new bat is different from the genus Glauconycteris. They found that the cranial characters of the bat, its wing characters, its size and the ears are different from the Glauconycteris.

Researchers placed this bat in the new genus Niumbaha meaning “rare” or “unusual” in Zande, the language of the Azande people in Western Equatoria State, where the bat was found.

This bat is only fifth specimen of its kind ever found and the first in South Sudan. You can see the beautiful bat in the picture.

“The recent capture of this rarely collected but widespread bat highlights the need for continued research in tropical sub-Saharan Africa and in particular, for more work in western South Sudan, which has received very little scientific attention,” Researchers wrote.




Reeder, D., Helgen, K., Vodzak, M., Lunde, D., & Ejotre, I. (2013). A new genus for a rare African vespertilionid bat: insights from South Sudan ZooKeys, 285, 89-115 DOI: 10.3897/zookeys.285.4892

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