Nature conservation

Threatened species

Eastern Tube-nosed 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: Nyctimene robinsoni
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Profile last updated: 24 Mar 2020


Eastern Tube-nosed Bats are small relatives of the flying-foxes, with raised tubular nostrils and large chocolate-brown eyes. They are fawn to rich brown in colour, grading to grey on the head. A distinctive feature of this bat is the sparse yellow to green spotting on the wings and ears, and a distinct narrow black stripe along the spine. At night they fly rapidly and with great manouverability just above or below the forest canopy, making a distinctive, high-pitched whistling call.


Coastal areas of north-eastern Australia from Cape York south to the far north-east corner of NSW. Few records from NSW, including the Nightcap, Tweed and Burringbar Ranges and in the vicinity of Mt Warning.

Habitat and ecology

  • Favour streamside habitats within coastal subtropical rainforest and moist eucalypt forests with a well-developed rainforest understorey.
  • They feed mainly on fruit and nectar from trees in the rainforest canopy and sometimes come close to human settlement to visit flowering or fruiting trees.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Other StateQLD Known None
South Eastern QueenslandBurringbar-Conondale Ranges Known None
South Eastern QueenslandScenic Rim Known None
South Eastern QueenslandSunshine Coast-Gold Coast Lowlands Known None
South Eastern QueenslandWoodenbong Known None