Little Forest Bat

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Little Forest Bat

Vespadelus vulturnus


Roosts in tree hollows and building roofs. Small colonies of male and female only bats. Single young are born in November-December.


Details Description
Type
Mammal
Group
Placental
Identifying Characteristics

A very small mid-brown to grey furred bat with paler grey underparts. The tail is enclosed in the tail membrane. Weight 3.0-6.8 g.

Distinctive Markings

The fur is distinctly bicoloured, darker at the base. The ears and wings are pale. The tragus is often white.

Diet

Carnivore. Bugs, beeetles, flies, ants, moths, cockroaches, spiders, grasshoppers and lacewings.

Habitat

Wet and dry sclerophyll forest, River Red Gums, montane and dry woodland and mallee.

Native Status
Native to Australia
Taxonomy
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Chiroptera
Family
Vespertilionidae
Genus
Vespadelus
Species
vulturnus
Eastern Australia including southern Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, south-eastern South Australia and Tasmania.

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.