More species from Lao PDR! A male Hill Fruit bat (Sphaerias blanfordi) was found by a research team of scientists from National University of Laos, Prince of Songkla University, and Harrison Institute from northern Lao PD. The new country record was reported by Bounsavane Douangboubpha and his colleagues, including Dr. Sara Bumrungsri and Dr. Paul Bates, two steering committee members of SEABCRU, and the result was published in the 2012 August issue of Tropical Natural History. This finding is not only the 95th bat species to the country but also fills the gap of its distribution among China, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Original citation: Douangboubpha, B., D. Sanamxay, V. Xayaphet, S. Bumrungsri, and P. J. J. Bates. 2012. First record of Sphaerias blanfordi (Chiroptera: Pteropodidae) from Lao PDR. Tropical Natural History, 12(1): 117-122.
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