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Threatened species

Hoary Wattled Bat - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Chalinolobus nigrogriseus
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Profile last updated: 24 Mar 2020


The Hoary Wattled Bat is a small sooty-coloured bat with light silvery-white tipped hairs of variable lenght. Sometimes it is paler below.  There is a small lobe of skin, or wattle, between the ears and mouth. The head and body length is between 45 and 55 mm long with a tail between 35 and 42 mm long. This bat is typically observed flying about at dusk, leaving its roost site before other bat species have emerged.


Widely distributed across northern Australia although absent from the arid centre. In north east NSW it extends from Port Macquarie in the south, north to the Queensland border. The species has been recorded as far west as Armidale and Ashford.

Habitat and ecology

  • In NSW the Hoary Wattled Bat occurs in dry open eucalypt forests, favouring forests dominated by Spotted Gum, boxes and ironbarks, and heathy coastal forests where Red Bloodwood and Scribbly Gum are common. Because it flies fast below the canopy level, forests with naturally sparse understorey layers may provide the best habitat.
  • Roosts in hollows and rock crevices.
  • Will occupy urban areas with suitable habitat.

Regional distribution and habitat

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IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
NandewarNandewar Northern Complex Known None
New England TablelandsArmidale Plateau Known None
New England TablelandsBeardy River Hills Predicted None
New England TablelandsBinghi Plateau Predicted None
New England TablelandsNortheast Forest Lands Known None
New England TablelandsSevern River Volcanics Known None
New England TablelandsStanthorpe Plateau Predicted None
New England TablelandsTenterfield Plateau Predicted None
NSW North CoastCataract Known None
NSW North CoastChaelundi Known None
NSW North CoastCoffs Coast and Escarpment Known None
NSW North CoastDalmorton Known None
NSW North CoastMacleay Hastings Known None
NSW North CoastRocky River Gorge Known None
NSW North CoastWashpool Predicted None
NSW North CoastYuraygir Known None
Ocean - Other StateNorthern Australian Coastal Waters Known None
Other StateQLD Known None
South Eastern QueenslandBurringbar-Conondale Ranges Known None
South Eastern QueenslandClarence Lowlands Known None
South Eastern QueenslandClarence Sandstones Known None
South Eastern QueenslandScenic Rim Known None
South Eastern QueenslandSunshine Coast-Gold Coast Lowlands Known None
South Eastern QueenslandWoodenbong Known None