The golden furry bat is believed to live only in the savannas of Bolivia where it feeds on small insects. A nocturnal mammal, the bat snoozes in nests during the day in hollow trees, under thatched roofs and in holes in the ground.
Although Moratelli believes the golden bat lives only in this area, so far, he hasn't managed to capture one from the wild and has based his conclusions, published in the Journal of Mammalogy, on previous collections of the bat.
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"In 2011, I spent two months in the Brazilian Savannah (in the boundary with Bolivia) trying to capture living individuals to get fresh tissues to perform DNA comparisons but none was captured," said Moratelli.
Despite failing to find a live specimen of the new bat species, himself, Moratelli has been successful in identifying new bat species. This is the fifth new bat species he has identified in his career. His other discoveries include a tiny bat, Myotis diminutus from the Ecuadorian Andes, Myotis lavali from northeast Brazil, Myotis izecksohni from the southern Brazil and Myotis handleyi from northern Venezuela.