Discovery through photography

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good week!

An Alashanian pipistrelle in Japan, a wonderful discovery by wildlife photographer Hiroaki Nakajima. Check out more of his wonderful photography on Instagram @hirofotobat.

I found an interesting article about a species of bat that seems to be moving into Japan. The Alashanian pipistrelle is very elusive, so not much is known other than that it is a larger bat. They usually are not found in Japan, but instead are usually found on the mainland of eastern Asia and Russia. Until now, only 15 Alashanian pipistrelles have been found in Japan along the northern island of Hokkaido, Aomori Prefecture and on Tsushima island. A photographer started taking images of an unknown bat species back in 2017. However, it was only recently that an image of a baby Alashanian pipistrelle was captured in Sapporo. Sadly, the baby was dead, but the photographer brought the body into a researcher’s facility who confirmed the baby’s species. This tells researchers that these bats have begun mating and living in Japan. This is big news for the species! If they continue to breed in Japan, we may finally learn more about these bats.

If you would like to read more about this, you can find information here .

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