Yoda the fruit bat has been given official recognition as a new species.
The flying mammal earned the nickname because of its unusual resemblance to the Star Wars Jedi Master.
Now after extensive research, the bat - discovered in a remote Papua New Guinea rainforest - has been formally registered as a newly identified species.
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Yoda the fruit bat (left) has been given official recognition as a new species. The flying mammal earned the nickname because of its unusual resemblance to the Star Wars Jedi Master (right)
The new species was discovered in the rainforest in Papua New Guinea.
The bat has been given the nickname 'Yoda' due to its similarity to the famous Star Wars character.
But its official name is the 'hamamas tube-nosed fruit bat' after the Papuan word for 'happy'.
The bat has a rounder jaw than similar fruit bats, and appears as if it is smiling.
Scientists have also re-christened it the Hamamas tube-nosed fruit bat after the Papuan word for 'happy'.
Like Yoda in a good mood, the bat has an enigmatic expression and a wide smile.
The move comes after University of York biologist Dr Nancy Irwin's team studied some 3,000 fruit bat specimens in 18 museums around the world.
She said: 'Most of the morphological characteristics that separate this bat from other species are associated with a broader, rounder jaw which gives the appearance of a constant smile.