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New Zealand Short-Tailed Bats: Mystacinidae

Physical Characteristics, Diet, Behavior And Reproduction, New Zealand Short-tailed Bats And PeopleGEOGRAPHIC RANGE, HABITAT, CONSERVATION STATUS


LESSER NEW ZEALAND SHORT-TAILED BAT (Mystacina tuberculata): SPECIES ACCOUNT

New Zealand short-tailed bats are found on New Zealand and some of its offshore islands. New Zealand is made up of two large and many smaller islands in the southwest Pacific Ocean, east of Australia.

New Zealand short-tailed bats are found in moist forests, where they roost, settle or rest. These bats also forage, search, for food along low-growing shrubbery and the coastline. The greater short-tailed bat was once found on two islands but it was last sighted in 1967 and is considered extinct.

The World Conservation Union (IUCN) lists the lesser New Zealand short-tailed bat as Vulnerable, facing a high risk of extinction, and greater New Zealand short-tailed bat as Extinct, no longer existing. The lesser New Zealand short-tailed bat is known to be present on several islands. Populations have declined to about ten populations that may contain only a few thousand individuals.

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