Pacific Island bats are utterly fascinating, yet under threat and overlooked

25 Aug 2021
Pacific sheath-tailed bat (Emballonura semicaudata). Credit: Ron Leidich

A whopping 191 different bat species live in the Pacific Islands across Micronesia, Melanesia, and Polynesia — but these are, collectively, the most imperilled in the world. In fact, five of the nine bat species that have gone extinct in the last 160 years have come from this region.

For too long, the conservation of Pacific Island bats has been largely overlooked in science. Of the 191 existing species, 25% are threatened with extinction, and we lack information to assess the status of a further 15%.

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