Eastern Freetail Bat

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Eastern Freetail Bat

Mormopterus sp.


Roosts in tree hollows and spouts. Single young are born in summer. Females do not generally carry newborn young when foraging.


Details Description
Type
Mammal
Group
Placental
Identifying Characteristics

Dark rich brown fur, naked face, wrinkled lips, triangular ears and short narrow pointed wings. The tail extends from the tail membrane. Weight 6.8-11.5 g.

Distinctive Markings

Portion of tail extends beyond the tail membrane.

Diet

Carnivore. Bugs, ants, beetles and moths.

Habitat

Tall open forest, dry sclerophyll forest, River Red Gum and Yellow Box woodlands and riparian open forest.

Native Status
Native to Australia
Taxonomy
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Chiroptera
Family
Molossidae
Genus
Mormopterus
Species
sp.
Eastern Australia from Cooktown to south west Victoria, inland to the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range.

Distribution maps indicate current and historic locations where species have been sighted.

Source: Atlas of Living Australia

Conservation Status
DEPI Advisory List
Not listed
FFG Act
Not listed
EPBC Act
Not listed

The conservation status of species is listed within Victoria and Australia.

The Department of Environment and Primary Industry (DEPI) Advisory List consists of non-statutory advisory lists of rare or threatened flora and fauna within Victoria.

The Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 (FFG Act) lists threatened species in Victoria. Under the Act, an Action Statement is produced for each listed species.

The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) is the Australian Government’s key piece of environmental legislation, listing nationally threatened native species and ecological communities.