- Species presence
- Recorded In Australia
- Terrestrial Habitats
- Conservation status
- IUCNLeast Concern
- Museums Field Guide apps species profiles – vertebrates
- Brief description: A tiny brown bat with white projections on its ears.
- Description : Body fur brown to grey-brown, paler underneath. Ears with white projections (tragus). Raised forehead. Wingspan up to 15 cm, body up to 5 cm.
- Biology : Little Forest Bats hunt flying insects. They become inactive in winter (torpor) to save energy. They are the smallest species of bat in Australia and could fit inside a matchbox.
- Habitat: Forest and woodland areas.
- Native status: Native to Australia
- Diet: Insects
- Dangerous: Normally harmless, but it is best to avoid handling any bat because they may carry the potentially fatal Australian Bat Lissavirus (ABLV), which is transmitted through scratches or bites.
- Colours: brown
- Distribution: South-eastern mainland Australia and Tasmania.
- Habitat types: Terrestrial
- Commercial species: False
- Author credit: Museum Victoria Sciences Staff / Museum Victoria
- Queensland : Conservation Status
- taxonId: 929
- Kingdom: animals
- Class: mammals
- Family: Vespertilionidae
- scientificNameAuthorship: Thomas,1914
- status: Least concern wildlife
- sourceStatus: Least concern wildlife
- QLD_NCA_status: C
- QLD_NCA_status_description: Least concern wildlife
- Endemicity: QA
- Endemicity_description: Australian endemic
Names and sources
|Vespertilio pygmaeus Becker, 1858 Becker, 1858 Becker, 1858|
|Published in: Becker, L. in Anon. 1858. A small Australian bat. The Argus [Melbourne], No. 3785, July 29th, 1858 p. 5 col. 5.|
|Eptesicus pumilus vulturnus Thomas, 1914 Thomas, 1914 Thomas, 1914|
|Published in: Thomas, O. 1914. New Asiatic and Australasian bats and a new bandicoot. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. Ser. 8 Vol. 13 pp. 439-444|
|Pipistrellus vulturnus (Thomas, 1914) (Thomas, 1914) (Thomas, 1914)|
Little Forest Bat
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