PHOTOS: Top Ten New Species of 2007 Named

PHOTOS: Top Ten New Species of 2007 Named
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6. Mindoro Stripe-Faced Fruit Bat

The large and charismatic Mindoro stripe-faced fruit bat is found only on the Philippine island of Mindoro.

The only other species in this genus was discovered by Alfred Russell Wallace, a colleague of Charles Darwin, on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.

The Mindoro bat ranks sixth on a top ten list of new species in 2007, released by the International Institute for Species Exploration (IISE) in May 2008.

Finding the Mindoro bat advances research on endemic species, which is why IISE included it on its annual list.

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