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Fungal outbreak threatens tricoloured bat with extinction

  • Published
    23rd Sep, 2022
Context

US officials have announced recently to list the tricoloured bat as endangered.

  • A fungal disease that attacks while bats are hibernating has brought the tricolored bat to the brink of extinction.
About

About the species:

  • The tricolored bat, formerly known as the eastern pipistrelle, is one of the smallest batsin North America.
  • Tricolored bats are a hibernating species and have the longest hibernation periodof any bat species in their range.
  • When not hunkering down for the winter, they may be found in a wide variety of habitats to roost and forage.  
  • When feeding, these bats can catch insects in the air as often as every 2 seconds and increase their body mass by 25 percent in only half an hour.

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