Little bent-winged bats have tails as long again as their head and body. They usually roost in large colonies in caves, tunnels and even hollow trees. During late winter, little bent-winged bats enter a state of torpor where their body temperature and metabolism is lowered during the cold nights.
Scientific name: Miniopterus australis
Little long-fingered bat
The team discovers a new species of bent-winged bat.
Bent winged bats have the unusual feature of being able to fold their wings up doubly rather than merely tuck them in to their sides as other bats do. But there's something else unusual about this species. It doesn't seem to quite match any other bent winged bats already in the records. New species of mammals are incredibly rare to find, but it looks like the team may have got lucky.
Thermal imaging and infra-red show how snakes hunts with deadly accuracy in the dark.
Australia's Bat Cleft cave was lit with infra-red so as not to change either the snake's or the bats' behaviour. Two high resolution security cameras equipped with different sized lenses and mounted on a single custom built tripod meant different views could be captured without moving the tripod and disturbing the animals. A thermal imaging camera then illustrated how the snakes detect their prey.
Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
The following habitats are found across the Little bent-wing bat distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.
Discover what these behaviours are and how different plants and animals use them.
Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
Population trend: Stable
Year assessed: 2008
Classified by: IUCN 3.1
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