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Lord Howe Long-eared Bat

Australia

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Nyctophilus howensis

Endangered

  • Predation caused by Black Rats and owls
  • Limited space and resources
  • Low immunity to diseases

The Lord Howe Long-Eared Bat is a vesper bat species that can only be found on the unevenly crescent-shaped remote Australian island of the same name. This insect-eating flying mammal only came to scientific knowledge after the discovery of a single skull on Lord Howe Island in 1972.

The most acceptable explanation for the Lord Howe Long-Eared Bat’s fast decline in number is the accidental introduction of predators, most specifically Black Rats and owls. And because its small habitat range has limited options as a food source, this also did not encourage longevity of life or strong resistance against diseases.

Although it’s been declared as officially extinct, there has been some anecdotal evidence that the very large bat has been sighted. Let’s hope this is true.