Meet Hipposideros griffini, who's also known as Griffin's leaf-nosed bat of Vietnam. This newly discovered species possesses a unique configuration of leaf-like protrusions on its schnoz that may help with echlocation. And if not, this creature deserves a medal for evolving one of most ridiculous mammalian noses out there.


Researchers from the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology first discovered this winged beast in Vietnam's Chu Mom Ray National Park in 2008.

The team initially mistook this creature for another species, the great leaf-nosed bat. But after several nights in the jungle, setting up nets and braving leeches and darkness, the biologists determined that this funky-nosed bat was an entirely different species.

Very little is known about Griffin's leaf-nosed bat, including the purpose of its bumpy face and the full extent of its habitat, which so far is limited to two forested regions of Vietnam.

Nonetheless, its mere existence gives us hope that there are even more yet-to-be-discovered competitors out there in the running for "Nature's Strangest Snouted Animal."


American Society of Mammalogists via Bad Astronomy and National Geographic. Photographs: Vu Dinh Thong.

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