Saccolaimus saccolaimus Click to enlarge image
Bare-rumped Sheathtail Bat Image: A compton
© Australian Museum

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    saccolaimus
    Genus
    Saccolaimus
    Family
    Emballonuridae
    Order
    Chiroptera
    Subclass
    Eutheria
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia

Bare-rumped Sheathtail Bats take their name from their backs which have little hair below the hips. This species has not been recorded in Australia for many years.

Habitat

Bare-rumped Sheathtail Bats are found in caves, hollow trees, between rocks, and under house eaves. They roost together in colonies but hang apart from each other.

Feeding and diet

Bare-rumped Sheathtail Bats eat flying insects. They fly high and straight over the tops of trees in a variety of forest types hunting for prey.

Conservation status

Bare-rumped Sheathtail Bats are vulnerable to destruction of roost sites in caves by mining, tree hollows by clearing for agriculture, disturbance by human visitors to cave roosts and changes to feeding areas by agricultural activities.