Animal Species:Eastern Horseshoe Bat

Eastern Horseshoe Bats are distinguished by the horseshoe-shaped fleshy area around their nose. They are disturbed when people enter their caves, especially in the breeding season when they may abandon their young.

Eastern Horseshoe Bat

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Standard Common Name

Eastern Horseshoe Bat

Habitat

Eastern Horseshoe Bats roost in warm, humid caves, holes and cracks in rocks, old mines and tunnels and occasionally under buildings. Up to 50 bats roost together in a colony, hanging free from the ceiling.

Seasonality

hibernate during the cold months in southern Australia.

Feeding and Diet

Eastern Horseshoe Bats hunt flying and non-flying insects and spiders. They fly close to the ground or foliage to catch their prey, then carry them to special feeding roosts to eat.

Economic/social impacts

Eastern Horseshoe Bats are vulnerable to disturbance from human visitors to cave roosts, destruction of cave roost sites by mining, and loss of feeding habitat by forestry operations, and clearing for agriculture and housing.

Classification

Species:
megaphyllus
Genus:
Rhinolophus
Family:
Rhinolophidae
Order:
Chiroptera
Subclass:
Eutheria
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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