Chalinolobus gouldii Click to enlarge image
Gould's Wattled Bat (Chalinolobus gouldii), Lake Peery National Park Image: Ross Sadlier
© Ross Sadlier

Fast Facts

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

In northern regions Gould's Wattled Bats are active all year round.

Habitat

Gould's Wattled Bats roost in hollows in old trees, occasionally in ceilings or basements of buildings. They roost together in colonies of around 30 bats, sometimes smaller and other times larger.

Feeding and diet

Gould's Wattled Bat feed on a variety of insects, including scarab beetles, caterpillars, crickets and moths,depending on the time of year.

Life history cycle

In southern areas Gould's Wattled Bats hibernate during the winter. Females often have twin babies and give birth at different times depending on where they live.

Economic impacts

Gould's Wattled Bats are vulnerable to loss of roost sites in tree hollows and loss of feeding grounds by forestry activities, clearing for agriculture and housing.


Chalinolobus gouldii
A Gould Wattled Bat, Chalinolobus gouldii measuring less than 1cm in length Image: -
© Australian Museum