National Geographic Highlights New Bat Species Found in the Osa Peninsula

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    The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – Again, the prestigious magazine National Geographic has highlighted Costa Rica in a scientific aspect. On this occasion, they highlighted the Osa Peninsula and its biological diversity for species of bats.

    The publication was released this March notes that they discovered 21 new bat species. The investigation was conducted by Emma Boston, who works for the Group and Biodiversity Conservation Genetics at the Argentine Museum of Natural History.

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    “We wanted to discover the hidden diversity of bats through hand-on research, acoustic monitoring and genetic analysis. We believed that the peninsula had more diversity than previously recorded,” said Boston.

    The research was carried out for a month. Every night the specialists ventured into the woods and installed equipment that allowed them to catch 115 various species of bats.

    “The work was hard. Every evening we went into the jungle to set up networks, harp traps and acoustic recorders. One night we captured 115 bats and identified 21 species. The abundance and diversity was amazing,” recalled Boston.

    “Much remains to be done. We must develop a sound file, not only in Osa, but throughout Central America. The data help to locate their habitat and conserve the ecosystem where this mammal flutters through the jungle,” the ecologist added.

    A publication of the research portal of the University of Costa Rica (UCR), said last year that 110 species of bats are found in Costa Rica, which represents 11% of the world’s bat varieties. The site also noted that there are 160 species in Central and 300 in Latin America.

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