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The Australasian Bat Society Newsletter, Number 39, November 2012<br />

imogene, this is the first verified specimen found<br />

since 1890.<br />

The acoustic detection survey was conducted<br />

with our best attempts of camouflaging the<br />

detectors. However the keen eyes of the locals<br />

weren’t fooled, and before long one of our<br />

detectors went ‘missing’. We put out messages<br />

with our local helpers to explain that the detectors<br />

belonged to us and we needed them for the rest<br />

of the survey. By the end of the day our missing<br />

detector had been returned. Apparently the<br />

village women “thought it was a bomb”, so they<br />

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had taken it home. We inspected the detector<br />

and found all the settings changed – apparently<br />

they were trying to defuse it!<br />

Papua New Guinea has been such an adventure<br />

and, despite the extremely long hours, we would<br />

do it all again. We have no doubts that the<br />

unexplored territories of PNG contain many more<br />

surprises for bat ecologists.<br />

For more info contact:<br />

julie.brokenbrow@uqconnect.edu.au or<br />

catherine.hughes@uqconnect.edu.au<br />

Adorable little Pipistrellus wattsi caught in forest logged 6 years ago (Photo by Julie Broken-Brow).

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