Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    papuensis
    Genus
    Kerivoula
    Family
    Vespertilionidae
    Order
    Chiroptera
    Subclass
    Eutheria
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia

Introduction

Until 1981 it was thought that Golden-tipped Bats were extinct in Australia and only living in Papua New Guinea. However they have since been widely found in eastern Australia but are uncommon.

Habitat

Golden-tipped Bats roost in abandoned hanging birds nests in rainforest, and in tree hollows in rainforest.

Distribution

Feeding and diet

Golden-tipped Bats feed almost entirely on orb-weaving spiders. They can hover and fly slowly, which helps them to get through the thick vegetation where they hunt for prey.

Economic impacts

Golden-tipped Bats are vulnerable to loss of feeding habitat by forestry operations, and clearing and land degradation from agriculture. Much of its preferred rainforest habitat has already been destroyed.