Rare bat threatened by rising seas around Florida peninsula

The newest addition to the federal endangered species list is the Florida bonneted bat, the state's largest and rarest bat species. They have a wingspan of almost 20 inches and atop their heads are large, broad ears that slant forward over their eyes like an old-fashioned bonnet. Scientists figure there are only a few hundred left. They live nowhere but in South Florida, where their habitat is expected to be inundated by rising seas due to climate change — hence the decision last month to put them on the endangered list. For a gallery of photos of other Florida "political animals," go to tinyurl.com/tbtimes-polianimals.

Rare bat threatened by rising seas around Florida peninsula 10/24/13 [Last modified: Friday, October 25, 2013 4:30pm]

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