Photo: ‘Yodabat’ found in Papua New Guinea jungle
An unknown species of tube-nosed fruit bat. Photo © Piotr Naskrecki/iLCP
This fruit bat has been seen prior to this expedition, but remains undescribed. Although scientists have yet to name the species, the popular media has already dubbed it the ‘Yoda bat’ given its resemblance to the Jedi master character from the Star Wars series. Fruit bats are vital to rainforests as they disperse seeds.