SONGHLA, THAILAND (MCOT/CNN) - Researchers from Thailand, Laos and UK announce discoveries of three new species of mammal in the Southeast Asia region.
Piphat Soisuk, researcher of Prince of Songkhla University, said in a press conference on Monday the result of the joint project.
The discovery of the first species is Bala Tube-nosed Bat, based on two specimens collected in lowland evergreen forest in the southern Narathiwat Province of Thailand.
The new species of Murina has distinguished size and shape of canine, premolars and its color.
Piphat also confirmed the 2010 discovery of fossil in Khao Kao Cave on Songkhla that it belong an extinct bat species identified as Chutamas's Serotine.
The Prince of Songkla University in southern Thailand and the Harrison Institute in the United Kingdom collected samples from a limestone hill range in Songkhla, reporting some species are recorded for the first time from the Pleistocene of Thailand.
The species is named Chutamas to honor Dr Juthamas Satasuk, head of Prince of Songkhla University's research team.
Lastly, a new species of the flying squirrel genus Biswamoyopterus was found in Lao's Bolikhamxai Province. It is the first specie of flying squirrel in Southeast Asia. It is measure up to 107.5 centimeters from head to tail.
The researchers are to conduct related studies before disseminating their findings to international networks for conservation purpose, Piphat said.
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