This small dark brown bat was known only from the 45 original specimens collected in 1890. In 2012 an individual was captured during a fauna survey of the Abau District.
Surveys to determine population size, range, status and ecology.
Its disproportionately large ears are joined at the base. Individuals have a short snout with a complex horseshoe-shaped nose leaf.
The threats to this species are unknown. The region is experiencing high population growth leading to large scale habitat destruction and degradation.
There are no conservation measures in place for this species.
The recent 'rediscovery' of the species has confimed that the species still persists in the region. It is highly important to carry out surveys in the area to develop a stronger understanding of the species' biology, range and population.
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Wild World, WWF Full Report: Southeastern Papuan Rainforests
Distribution map based on data provided by the IUCN Global Mammal Assessment.
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