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The legend of King Midas and his greed for gold has been named (in the scientific name) a new species of bat discovered in Bolivia. The remarkable uniqueness of Myotis midastactus is the golden color of hair covering much of the body of this unique flying mammal. Details of the discovery were published in an article published by the Journal of Mammalogy.
"We describe midastactus Myotis sp. Nov., A new species of bat of the savannas of Bolivia. Differences in skin color and in cranial and external features definitely distinguish it from all other species of the genus Myotis present in the team led by Professor Ricardo Moratelli, the Oswaldo Cruz (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and Don Wilosn, the Smithsonian Institution (Washington, USA) Foundation.
Moratelli and Wilson work on the identification of this species for three years from specimens preserved in museums but so far have not been able to study any animal life.
"The new species is morphologically allied to M. simus, discovered in 1901, and other species in the Myotis group. Myotis midastactus is endemic to Bolivia, where also 6 more species of this group are," say the researchers.
Myotis midastactus lives in Savannah Bolivia, feeds on small insects and, like many of its congeners, sleep all day hiding in caves or cavities formed by rocks or tree trunks. (Taken from La Vanguardia)