A new Murina species, Murina balaensis, is recently described from Thailand by two SEABCRU committee members, Pipat Soisook and Paul Bates, and their colleagues. M. balaensis is a small bat of the suilla species group. It is most similar to M. eleryi from Vietnam and Lao PDR., but can be distinguished by several morphological traits and an 8% difference in the barcode COI. M. balaensis is the 19th species of the genus new to science in the last eight years. The species name balaensis refers to the locality of type specimen, Bala forest in Thailand. This exciting finding is published in the latest issue of Zootaxa.
Citation: Pipat Soisook, Sunate Karapan, Chutamas Satasook, and Paul J. J. Bates. 2013. A new species of Murina (Mammalia: Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) from peninsular Thailand. Zootaxa 3746 (4): 567–579.