Scientists in Bolivia have discovered a new species of bat.
The new bat has been called the ‘golden bat’ or Myotis midastactus. The bat had been listed as another bat found in South America called Myotis simus
However, after examining a collection of specimens the scientists now think the golden bat is unique.
The bat is recognised by its golden-yellow and very short woolly fur.
It is this bright colour which gave the bat its new name, after the Greek legend of King Midas and his golden touch.There are over 100 species of Myotis – or mouse-eared bats in the world.
In the wild the golden bat eats small insects and roosts during the day in holes in the ground, hollow trees and under thatched roofs.
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