Chocolate wattled bat

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Chocolate wattled bat
Chalinolobus morio.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Family: Vespertilionidae
Genus: Chalinolobus
Species: C. morio
Binomial name
Chalinolobus morio
Gray, 1841

C. australis (Gray, 1841)
C. microdon (Tomes, 1860)
C. signifer (Dobson, 1876)

The chocolate wattled bat (Chalinolobus morio) is a species of vesper bat from the family Vespertilionidae. It is found only in Australia and Tasmania,[2] but it is widespread, especially in southern regions.[1] It is known to reside from sea level to at least 1,570 metres (5,150 ft) in Victoria.[1]

The species is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List, there are no apparent threats to it, and it occurs in multiple protected areas.[1] There are three synonyms for the chocolate wattled bat: Chalinolobus australis, Chalinolobus microdon, and Chalinolobus signifer,[2] and more taxonomic research needs to be done to isolated populations.[1]

The species is found from rainforests to treeless plains and inhabits a wide variety of other environments, roosting in tree hollows, caves, and even buildings.[1] The colonies that they form may have anywhere from ten to more than one thousand members, and females usually give birth to a single young.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Lumsden, L.; McKenzie, N. & Reardon, T. (2008). "Chalinolobus morio". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2008: e.T4419A10859467. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T4419A10859467.en. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Simmons, N.B. (2005). "Order Chiroptera". In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M. Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 484. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.