The new species has been named Myotis nimbaensis, as it comes from the Nimba mountains. The mountains are well-known for their biodiversity and extensive species of bats.

‘As soon as I looked at it, I agreed that it was something new,’ said Simmons, the lead author of the paper and Bat Conservation International Board member. ‘Then began the long path of documentation and gathering all the data needed to show that it’s indeed unlike any other known species.’

The researchers are working on ensuring the habitats in these mountains are safeguarded for these species. This is especially needed as many species are disrupted by the mining projects in the area.

Picture: American Museum of Natural History.