'Yoda' fruit bat, inspired from Star Wars, now officially registered as a new species
New Delhi : A breed of fruit bat, named after Star Wars character 'Yoda', has now been officially registered as the new species found.
It was named 'Yoda' because of its great resemblance to the character.
The new species of bat was found in a remote rainforest of Papua New Guinea, the bat’s has been renamed the happy (Hamamas) tube—nosed fruit bat.
It has been registered as the new species after the scientists found it different from the ones known in over 3000 laboratories across the globe.
“The species is very difficult to tell apart from other tube-nosed bat species. Bat species often look similar to each other, but differ significantly in behaviour, feeding and history, sais Nancy Irwin, research fellow in York’s Department of Biology.
“Most of the morphological characteristics that separate this bat from other species are associated with a broader, rounder jaw which gives the appearance of a constant smile,” said Irwin.
“Since most remote Papuans have never seen Star Wars, I thought it fitting to use a local name: the Hamamas — meaning happy — tube—nosed fruit bat,” she said.