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9 newly discovered species

By: Shea Gunther on June 1, 2011, 11:24 a.m.
blossom bat

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Blossom bat

You have to love any animal that feeds on "rainforest nectar." The blossom bat, or Syconycteris sp nov, was found in the Foja mountains on the Indonesian island of New Guinea by a scientific expedition funded by the National Geographic Society, the Smithsonian Institution and the Indonesian Institute of Sciences. It's been called the "hummingbird of the bat world" because it uses its long tongue to drink nectar from trees.