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Threatened species

Bristle-faced Free-tailed 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: Setirostris eleryi
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Profile last updated: 14 Mar 2019


A small insectivorous bat. These bats are a light sandy colour on the back and slightly paler below, and individuals attain a weight up to 6 grams. The Hairy-nosed Freetail Bat differs from other species of Mormopterus by its light build and long thin muzzle and, although it is yet to be formally described, it is genetically distinct. Other distinguishing features of the species are stout bristles on the nose and a distinctive large fleshy projection on the genitals of both males and females.


Distributed from the southern half of the Northern Territory to central Queensland and north-western NSW. In NSW, the species has been recently recorded from only three disjunct locations: thirteen individuals from Gundabooka National Park, south of Bourke; one individual from Dhinnia Dthinawan Nature Reserve (formerly Bebo State Forest), north of Warialda two individuals near Bonshaw.

Habitat and ecology

  • Knowledge of the ecology of the Hairy-nosed Freetail Bat is limited, however evidence suggests that the species depends on hollows and tree fissures for roosting sites. All other Australian species from the same family generally roost in tree hollows and fissures.
  • Appears to be extremely rare throughout its range. Nationally, it has been recorded from only 15 locations.

Regional distribution and habitat

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IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Brigalow Belt SouthNorthern Basalts Known None
Brigalow Belt SouthNorthern Outwash Known None
Cobar PeneplainBarnato Downs Predicted None
Cobar PeneplainBoorindal Plains Predicted None
Cobar PeneplainCanbelego Downs Known None
Darling Riverine PlainsCastlereagh-Barwon Known None
Murray Darling DepressionDarling Depression Predicted None
NandewarNandewar Northern Complex Known None