Rare bat species spotted in Nelliyampathy forest by Kollam researcher
Thrissur: A rare species of bat was spotted by Sreehari, who has been travelling across the Western Ghats as part of his research about the mammal. This rare species of bat is found usually in Asian countries and it is spotted in India for the first time. This is the 130th bat species to be reported in the country. The group of researchers, including Sreehari, decided to call it ‘Nakshatra Vavval’ (Star bat).
Sreehari Raman, a native of Kollam, is a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Science.
The newly spotted bat, which is rather small in size, was found in Nelliyampathy forest.
The bat has four shades of grey color in each of its fur. They are not usually found in groups and creates nest among the dried leaves on trees. However, it will change its nest at regular intervals.
This kind of bats is typically found in Thailand, Vietnam, Lavos and other Asian countries.
The details of Sreehari’s finding was inspected by the Fisheries University in Kochi. The DNA test was carried out by the researchers at the university, Liju Thomas and Arya Sidharthan. Akhil Padmajan, a researcher at Kerala University was also part of the research.
The details regarding the finding, have been published in the Iiternational journal called Bat Research and Conservation.