Glauconycteris superba (Hayman, 1939:219)

Pied butterfly bat, Superb butterfly bat, Pied bat, Badger bat



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Chalinolobus superbus Hayman, 1939 (basionym); Niumbaha superba (Hayman, 1939); Glauconycteris superba sheila Hayman, 1947


Moved back to the genus Glauconycteris by (Hassanin et al., 2018).


Conservation Status

Last record: 24 January 1972

Rediscovered between 19:00 and 20:00 on 19 February 2012





Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Hayman, R. W. (1939). Two new mammals from the Belgian Congo. Annals and Magazine of natural History 11 3 (14): 219-224.


Other references:

Fahr, J. (2013). Glauconycteris superba Pied butterfly bat. In: Happold M. & Happold D.C.D. (eds) The Mammals of Africa. Vol. 4: Hedgehogs, Shrews and Bats: 575-576. Bloomsbury, London.

Fahr, J., Jacobs, D., Cotterill, F.P.D. & Taylor, P.J. (2008). Glauconycteris superba. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. ( Downloaded on 28 April 2013.

Gembu Tungaluna G.-C., Van Cakenberghe V., Musaba Akawa P., Dudu Akaibe B., Verheyen E., De Vree F. and Fahr J. (2013). Rediscovery of Glauconycteris superba Hayman, 1939 (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) after 40 years at Mbiye Island, Democratic Republic of the Congo. European Journal of Taxonomy 42: 1-18.

Hassanin, Alexandre et al. (2018). Multilocus phylogeny and species delimitation within the genus Glauconycteris (Chiroptera, Vespertilionidae), with the description of a new bat species from the Tshopo Province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. J. Zool. Syst. Evol. Res. 56: 1-22.

Hayman, R. W. (1947). A new race of Glauconycteris superba from West Africa. Annals and Magazine of natural History 11 13(104): 547-550.

Hayman, R. W. and Hill, J. E. (1971). Order Chiroptera. In: J. Meester and H. W. Setzer (eds), The Mammals of Africa: An Identification Manual, pp. 73. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D. C., USA.

Ing, Ros Kiri et al. (2016). Echolocation Calls and Flight Behaviour of the Elusive Pied Butterfly Bat (Glauconycteris superba), and New Data on Its Morphology and Ecology. Acta Chiropterologica 18(2): 477-488. [Abstract]

Peterson, Randolph L. and Smith, D. A. (1973). A new species of Glauconycteris (Vespertilionidae, Chiroptera). Life Science Occasional Papers 22: 1-9.

Platt, John R. (2013, April 11). Beautiful Striped Bat Identified as Entirely New Genus. Blog post on Extinction Countdown, available at:

Reeder, DeeAnn et al. (2013). A new genus for a rare African vespertilionid bat: insights from South Sudan. ZooKeys 285: 89-115. [Abstract]

Rosevear, D. R. (1965). The Bats of West Africa. Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History), London.

Simmons, N.B. and A.L. Cirranello. 2023. Bat Species of the World: A taxonomic and geographic database. Version 1.3. Accessed on 06/18/2023.


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