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Distribution of New Zealand’s bats

Distribution of New Zealand’s bats

Once found throughout forested areas of New Zealand, both species of bat became severely restricted in range during the 20th century as forests were felled, and bat colonies were attacked by introduced predators (rats, stoats, cats). The short-tailed species is threatened with extinction, and survives only in small isolated stands of old native forest.

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Sources: B. D. Lloyd, ‘Advances in New Zealand mammalogy, 1990–2000: short-tailed bats.’ Journal of The Royal Society of New Zealand 31, no. 1 (March 2001): 59–81; and C. F. J. O'Donnell, ‘Advances in New Zealand mammalogy, 1990–2000: long-tailed bat.’ Journal of The Royal Society of New Zealand 31, no.1 (March 2001): 43–57

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Veronika Meduna, 'Bats - Habitat, distribution and conservation', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/map/9761/distribution-of-new-zealands-bats (accessed 1 December 2020)

Story by Veronika Meduna, published 24 Sep 2007