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White-striped freetail bat in Tasmania – resident, vagrant or climate change migrant?


Cawthen, LM, White-striped freetail bat in Tasmania - resident, vagrant or climate change migrant?, Australian Mammalogy, 35, (2) pp. 251-254. ISSN 0310-0049 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1071/AM12052


The white-striped freetail bat (Austronomus australis) is distributed throughout mainland Australia, but historically has not been known from the island of Tasmania, off south-eastern mainland Australia. Between 2009 and 2012, echolocation calls identified as those of A. australis were recorded in Tasmania during bat call surveys. There are three hypotheses that could explain the discovery of this species in Tasmania: that A. australis is a previously undetected resident; it is a vagrant; or it is undergoing a southwards range expansion or shift. Based on the limited evidence available, including this species’ long-range flight capabilities (including over open water out to sea), I suggest that this species is a periodic vagrant to Tasmania and that monitoring is necessary to identify whether this species is undergoing a southwards range extension into Tasmania.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:climate change, Molossidae, Tadarida australis.
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Wildlife and habitat management
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Terrestrial biodiversity
UTAS Author:Cawthen, LM (Miss Lisa Cawthen)
ID Code:84747
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2013-05-30
Last Modified:2014-04-10

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