Hipposideros diadema Click to enlarge image
Diadem Leaf-nosed Bats have large teeth to crunch through their hard prey and can give people a painful bite. Image: G B Baker
© Australian Museum

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    diadema
    Genus
    Hipposideros
    Family
    Hipposideridae
    Order
    Chiroptera
    Subclass
    Eutheria
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia

Diadem Leaf-nosed Bats have large teeth to crunch through their hard prey and can give people a painful bite.

Habitat

Diadem Leaf-nosed Bats roost in warm humid caves, old mines, old sheds, hollow trees and even on tree branches. They often share with other species of microbats.

Feeding and diet

Diadem Leaf-nosed Bats feed on insects including click and scarab beetles, weevils, moths, ants and plant bugs. They often wait hanging from a branch until an insect comes along then they fly at it and catch it, returning to the branch to eat it. They may catch more than one insect at a time and store them in their cheek pouches to eat later.

Economic impacts

Diadem Leaf-nosed 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.