Myotis macropus Click to enlarge image
Southern Myotis or Large-footed Myotis, Myotis macropus. Image: R & A Williams
© Australian Museum

Fast Facts

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

Introduction

Southern Myotis's can hibernate during winter. They are also known as fishing bats.

Habitat

Southern Myotis's roost in tree hollows, caves, mines, culverts and under briddges, often close to water. Sometimes they are found roosting in roofs and ceilings. Usually ten to fifteen bats, though sometimes up to 100 bats, roost together in a colony.

Distribution



Feeding and diet

Southern Myotis's feed on aquatic insects and small fish. They fly close to the surface of rainforest streams or large lakes and reservoirs. To catch their prey, they rake the water with the curved claws on their large feet.

Breeding behaviours

Female Southern Myotis's can breed once a year and produce one baby.

Conservation status

Southern Myotis's are vulnerable to destruction of roost sites in caves by mining, tree hollows by clearing, disturbance by human visitors to cave roosts, changes to feeding areas by forestry and agricultural activities and pollution of rivers.