We conducted acoustic surveys of insectivorous bat fauna in riparian areas along the Macquarie and Bogan River systems in the wheatbelt of semi-arid central-western New South Wales, Australia. In surveys of 10 sites we detected 11 species and two species groups of bats in eight genera. Four species, Chocolate Wattled Bat Chalinolobus morio, Large-footed Myotis Myotis macropus, Large Forest Bat Vespadelus darlingtoni and Southern Forest Bat V. regulus, are predominantly Bassian (chiefly coastal) in their recorded distributions but were detected in the semi-arid Eyrean sub-region on two rivers in vegetation dominated by River Red Gum Eucalyptus camaldulensis. The findings of this study highlight the need for further research to assess the importance of riparian corridors as habitat for insectivorous bats in semi-arid New South Wales.
Bassian bats in the Eyrean sub-region? Preliminary acoustic data from the Bogan and Macquarie Rivers in semi-arid NSW
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Vaughan Monamy, Jennifer Taylor, Leroy Gonsalves, Murray Ellis; Bassian bats in the Eyrean sub-region? Preliminary acoustic data from the Bogan and Macquarie Rivers in semi-arid NSW. Australian Zoologist 1 January 2013; 36 (4): 461–469. doi: https://doi.org/10.7882/AZ.2013.016
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