Image: Corben’s Long-eared Bat

Corben’s Long-eared Bat

Corben’s Long-eared Bat.

© Harry Parnaby


This medium-sized insectivorous bat (weight about 15 grams) has very long ears and occurs in drier forest and woodland in southeastern mainland Australia, where it depends on hollows in old trees for daytime shelter and is listed as threatened. It was discovered by Australian Museum Research Associate Dr Harry Parnaby and named after Australian biologist Chris Corben, who invented a bat detector for listening to high-pitched bat calls. For decades this species was confused with the widespread Australian Greater Long-eared Bat, Nyctophilus timoriensis, but detailed anatomical studies of museum specimens revealed that it is a new species. Its biology remains poorly known.

  • Parnaby, H. 2009. A taxonomic review of Australian Greater Long-eared Bats previously known as Nyctophilus timoriensis (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) and some associated taxa. Australian Zoologist 35: 39-81.

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