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Corben's 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 corbeni
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Vulnerable
Profile last updated: 01 Dec 2017


The south eastern form of the Greater Long-eared Bat is also known as Eastern Long-eared Bat and has recently been described as new species Corben's Long-eared Bat (N. corbeni). It is uniformly dark grey-brown. The ears are about 3 cm long and larger than the head. It has a low ridge of skin running between the eyes and across the nose. It has a head and body length of 5 - 7 cm and weighs about 14 grams.


Overall, the distribution of the south eastern form coincides approximately with the Murray Darling Basin with the Pilliga Scrub region being the distinct stronghold for this species.

Habitat and ecology

  • Inhabits a variety of vegetation types, including mallee, bulloke Allocasuarina leuhmanni and box eucalypt dominated communities, but it is distinctly more common in box/ironbark/cypress-pine vegetation that occurs in a north-south belt along the western slopes and plains of NSW and southern Queensland.
  • Roosts in tree hollows, crevices, and under loose bark.
  • Slow flying agile bat, utilising the understorey to hunt non-flying prey - especially caterpillars and beetles - and will even hunt on the ground.
  • Mating takes place in autumn with one or two young born in late spring to early summer.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Brigalow Belt SouthLiverpool Plains Known None
Brigalow Belt SouthLiverpool Range Known None
Brigalow Belt SouthMoonie-Barwon Interfluve Predicted None
Brigalow Belt SouthNorthern Basalts Known None
Brigalow Belt SouthNorthern Outwash Predicted None
Brigalow Belt SouthPilliga Known None
Brigalow Belt SouthPilliga Outwash Known None
Brigalow Belt SouthTalbragar Valley Known None
Broken Hill ComplexBarrier Range Outwash Known None
Cobar PeneplainBarnato Downs Known None
Cobar PeneplainBoorindal Plains Predicted None
Cobar PeneplainCanbelego Downs Predicted None
Cobar PeneplainLachlan Plains Known None
Cobar PeneplainNymagee Known None
Darling Riverine PlainsBogan-Macquarie Predicted None
Darling Riverine PlainsCastlereagh-Barwon Predicted None
Darling Riverine PlainsCulgoa-Bokhara Predicted None
Darling Riverine PlainsGreat Darling Anabranch Predicted None
Darling Riverine PlainsMenindee Predicted None
Darling Riverine PlainsPooncarie-Darling Predicted None
Darling Riverine PlainsWarrambool-Moonie Predicted None
Mulga LandsNebine Plains Known None
Mulga LandsWarrego Plains Known None
Murray Darling DepressionDarling Depression Known None
Murray Darling DepressionSouth Olary Plain Known None
NandewarInverell Basalts Known None
NandewarKaputar Known None
NandewarNandewar Northern Complex Known None
NandewarPeel Known None
New England TablelandsEastern Nandewars Known None
New England TablelandsSevern River Volcanics Known None
New England TablelandsTingha Plateau Known None
NSW North CoastComboyne Plateau Predicted None
NSW North CoastMummel Escarpment Known None
NSW South Western SlopesCapertee Valley Known None
NSW South Western SlopesInland Slopes Known None
NSW South Western SlopesLower Slopes Known None
RiverinaLachlan Known None
RiverinaMurray Fans Predicted None
RiverinaMurray Scroll Belt Known None
RiverinaRobinvale Plains Predicted None
South Eastern HighlandsCapertee Uplands Predicted None
Sydney BasinHunter Known None
Sydney BasinKerrabee Known None
Sydney BasinWollemi Predicted None