Northern pipistrelle

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Northern pipistrelle
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Family: Vespertilionidae
Genus: Pipistrellus
Species: P. westralis
Binomial name
Pipistrellus westralis
Koopman, 1984
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The northern pipistrelle (Pipistrellus westralis), also known as Koopman's pipistrelle, is a species of vesper bat found only in Australia.[1] It is one of Australia's smallest bat species. On average, it weighs 3 g (0.11 oz).

Range and habitat[edit]

P. westralis thrives primarily in mangrove habitats, but it is also found in adjacent thickets and riverine forests. Its range is along the coasts of northern Western Australia, Northern Territory, and north western Queensland.

Status[edit]

Although its habitat is limited, it is common across its range and its population seems to be stable. The only major threat to this species right now is habitat loss. This species is present in a number of protected areas including Kakadu and Keep River National Parks, and the Prince Regent Nature Reserve.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b McKenzie, N. & Hall, L. (2008). "Pipistrellus westralis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2008. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 August 2017. 

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