Nature conservation

Threatened species

Common Blossom-bat (Syconycteris australis)

Species Action Statement

This species has been assigned to the Partnership (widespread) management stream under the Saving our Species (SoS) program.

Justification for allocation to this management stream

Less than 10% of the species' total population occurs within NSW. The vast majority of the species' area of occupancy and population occurs in Queensland.

Conservation status

Strategic importance

The NSW distribution of Syconycteris australis is centred on sand-based coastal forest mosaics and wallum habitat, which is different to much of the QLD habitat. Though the species is relatively secure in QLD, it is highly susceptible to habitat degradation from coastal development and associated infrastructure and its primary food sources (a mosaic of nectar producing plant communities) are heavily impacted by high frequency fires, weed invasion, and impacts from climate change; and it would benefit from management and monitoring to support its adaptive capacity. The seasonal dispersal of the species along the east coast, including into the coastal hinterland in response to food resource availability is also not well understood.

Conservation status in other Australian jurisdictions

Conservation status in other Australian jurisdictions not available.

Management objectives

This action statement aims to secure critical populations of this species in NSW in the long-term.

Species sightings and management sites across NSW

How will this species be managed?

Key management sites for this threatened species are being identified by the NSW Government and other program partners, where feasible, cost-effective and beneficial management actions can be undertaken. Currently, no management sites have been identified for this threatened species.

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