Animal Species:Ghost Bat

Ghost Bats use their large eyes as well as echolocation to find prey.

Ghost Bat

BG Thompson © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Ghost Bat

Habitat

Ghost Bat roost in caves, old mine tunnels and in deep cracks in rocks. They usually roost in colonies, but because many of their roosting sites are being destroyed it is rare to find large colonies.

Feeding and Diet

Ghost Bats are Australia's only carnivorous bats, preying on large insects, frogs, birds, lizards and small mammals including other bats. They swoop on their prey killing with powerful bites, then fly to a feeding site to eat.

Conservation Status

Ghost Bats are vulnerable to disturbance from human visitors to cave roosts, destruction of caves by mining, and loss of feeding habitat by clearing and land degradation from agriculture.

Classification

Species:
gigas
Genus:
Macroderma
Family:
Megadermatidae
Order:
Chiroptera
Subclass:
Eutheria
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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