This fact sheet summarises backgroundinformation about the South-easternLong-eared Bat
As the name suggests, this relativelylarge, solid bat has long ears and canbe distinguished rom other orms othe Greater Long-eared Bat based ondistribution.South-eastern Long-eared Bats emitcalls out to the environment and listensto the echoes o these calls that returnrom various objects to locate, range,
Above: South-eastern Long-eared Bat. Photo: Lindy Lumsden, Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research (ARI).
South-eastern Long-eared Bat
At a glance
The South-eastern Long-earedBat is listed as vulnerable underthe Environmental Protectionand Biodiversity ConservationAct 1999.
It was ormally known as adistinct orm o the GreaterLong-eared Bat
, but has since beendescribed as a separate species.
It has large, long ears and alarger head, wider snout, andmore thickset body than otherlong-eared bats in the region.
The South-eastern Long-earedBat is patchily distributed andoccurs in a range o inlandwoodland vegetation types,including box ironbark, cypresspine, Buloke, Belah, River RedGum, Black Box woodlands,and various types o malleevegetation.and identiy the objects. This is calledecholocation and it is used or navigationand oraging. The echolocation calls othis species can not be distinguishedrom other long-eared bat species withinthe region, thereore all surveys or thisspecies need to be undertaken usingtrapping techniques rather than batdetectors.Features that distinguish it rom otherlong-eared bats in the region are aproportionally larger head, wider snout,more thickset body and an outer caninewidth greater than 5.6mm.
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