Animal Species:Large Forest Bat

Large Forest Bats are restricted to montane areas above 300 metres in the north of their range and lower altitudes in southern parts of range. In Tasmania they are found at sea level.

Large Forest Bat

R & A Williams © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Large Forest Bat

Habitat

Large Forest Bats live in forests, eucalypt forests, subalpine woodland to alpine moors. Colonies of up to 60 may roost in hollows in old eucalypts in southern New South Wales and Tasmania. Smaller colonies sometimes roost in buildings.

Feeding and Diet

Large Forest Bats eat moths, beetles, flies, bugs, lacewings, termites, ants and spiders.

Conservation Status

Large Forest Bats are vulnerable to loss of roost sites in tree hollows and loss of feeding grounds by forestry activities, clearing for agriculture and housing.

Classification

Species:
darlingtoni
Genus:
Vespadelus
Family:
Vespertilionidae
Order:
Chiroptera
Subclass:
Eutheria
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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