Hipposideros stenotis Click to enlarge image
GBB-36902.tif Image: G B Baker
© Australian Museum

Fast Facts

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

Introduction

Northern Leaf-nosed Bats fly slowly with a flutter, like a butterfly, but can change direction quickly as they hunt their prey.

Habitat

Northern Leaf-nosed Bats roost in caves and cracks in sandstone cliffs and in old mines. It is not known whether they roost together in colonies.

Distribution

Feeding and diet

Northern Leaf-nosed Bats eat moths, mosquitoes and flies. They fly slowly with a flutter, like a butterfly but can change direction quickly as they hunt their prey.

Conversation status

Northern 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.