Bare-rumped Sheath-tailed Bat  |  

Saccolaimus saccolaimus nudicluniatus

Status: Vulnerable on the EPBC Act list

The bare-rumped sheathtail bat is a large insectivorous bat, with a head and body length of 81−97 mm and a weight of 48−55 g. It has reddish-brown to dark brown fur on its back and is slightly paler beneath. It can be distinguished from other Australian sheathtail bats (Emballonuridae) by the irregular white flecks of fur on its back and the naked rump, although not all specimens display these features. A throat pouch is present in males and is rudimentary in females. Compared to individuals from north-eastern Queensland, those from the Northern Territory may be slightly larger, darker (almost black) on the dorsal fur, with whitish belly fur and lacking the pronounced bare rump.

Government evidence of impact of climate change:

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  • Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Saccolaimus saccolaimus nudicluniatus

    Too frequent Minor Entire Not demonstrated; but there burning are possible impacts on prey abundance and or availability of large hollow trees used for roosting its preferred open forest habitat has a very high fire frequency.