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8th August 2016, 19:27

New species of bat discovered in Gibraltar

A new species of bat has been discovered in Gibraltar. A team from the Gib Bats project found a Greater Horseshoe bat deep inside the Rock.

From older records, it appears that Lesser Horseshoe bats were once spotted in Gibraltar, but these have become extinct locally over the last decade. This is the first time this species has ever been recorded here. The horseshoe Bat is a large bat with a wingspan up to 40 cm across. It has a distinctive nose leaf, with a horseshoe shaped lower part, hence the species name. 

These bats feed mainly on large moths and also large beetles which they catch off the ground. The team believes vegetation growing on the former water catchements may have produced new food sources for bats which may be tempting new species to come in.