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#59036 - 09/10/11 11:25 PM "Beelzebub" Bat Species Discovered
dust-e sheytoon Offline
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This handsome creature was given a demonic name partly because of its, "fierce protective behaviour in the field." Kudos to the scientists!

' "Nocturnal and secretive, bats are often overlooked components of tropical diversity. The study, commissioned to address this lack of knowledge, has turned up three new bat species. Among these is the aptly named Beelzebub’s tube-nosed bat, a diminutive but demonic-looking creature known only from Vietnam.
"The etymology of the species is explained in the Journal of Mammalogy, in which the citation appears: 'Beelzebub commonly appears as a high ranking personality of the underworld in Christian texts, in both Old and New testaments, although one of the presumed original meanings of the name is ‘Lord of the Flies’.” Dr Gabor Csorba of the HNHM further clarifies, 'We chose the name Beelzebub to reflect the dark ‘diabolic’ colouration of the new species and its fierce protective behaviour in the field.' "

http://veryvietnam.com/2011-09-03/new-beelzebub-bat-species-found-only-in-vietnam/
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#59038 - 09/10/11 11:53 PM Re: "Beelzebub" Bat Species Discovered [Re: dust-e sheytoon]
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Ha, cool... reminds me of the Beelzebufo "devil frog".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beelzebufo
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#59039 - 09/11/11 12:24 AM Re: "Beelzebub" Bat Species Discovered [Re: The Zebu]
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Wow! Beelzebufo was big! "it's not impossible that Beelzebufo might even have munched on hatchling or juvenile dinosaurs," according to Susan Evans of University College London.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7251666.stm

Here's a contemporary Thorny Devil with an awesome Latin name: Moloch horridus http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Moloch_cc03.jpg
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#59748 - 10/04/11 09:05 AM Re: "Beelzebub" Bat Species Discovered [Re: dust-e sheytoon]
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The first thing I thought of when I saw this thread was the Vampire Squid.



Cool bat, cool frog too!
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