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Threatened species

Eastern Long-eared 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: Nyctophilus bifax
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Profile last updated: 24 Mar 2020


The Eastern Long-eared Bat is a small-medium sized bat with large ribbed ears that join across the top of the head and a prominent noseleaf or expanded flange of skin around the nostrils. It can be distinguished from the similar Gould’s Long-eared Bat by its tan to rich fawn colour and less prominent twin lobes or “bumps” behind the noseleaf. The ears are also generally shorter than Gould's Long-eared Bat. There are also distinct differences in the morphology of the penis between this species and other similar species.


Found from Cape York through eastern Queensland to the far north-east corner of NSW. In NSW they appear to be confined to the coastal plain and nearby coastal ranges, extending south to the Clarence River area, with a few records further south around Coffs Harbour. The species can be locally common within its restricted range.

Habitat and ecology

  • Lowland subtropical rainforest and wet and swamp eucalypt forest, extending into adjacent moist eucalypt forest.
  • Coastal rainforest and patches of coastal scrub are particularly favoured.
  • Roosts in tree hollows, the hanging foliage of palms, in dense clumps of foliage of rainforest trees, under bark and in shallow depressions on trunks and branches, among epiphytes, in the roots of strangler figs, among dead fronds of tree ferns and less often in buildings.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
NSW North CoastChaelundi Predicted None
NSW North CoastCoffs Coast and Escarpment Known None
NSW North CoastYuraygir Known None
OceanTweed-Moreton Known None
Other StateQLD Known None
South Eastern QueenslandBurringbar-Conondale Ranges Known None
South Eastern QueenslandClarence Lowlands Known None
South Eastern QueenslandScenic Rim Known None
South Eastern QueenslandSunshine Coast-Gold Coast Lowlands Known None
South Eastern QueenslandWoodenbong Known None