Thomas’s Big-eared Bat Pharotis imogene

Thomass Big-eared Bat Histiotus laephotis

Thomas’s Big-eared Bat Pharotis imogene

Critically Endangered

Locations: Papua New Guinea

Almost nothing is known about the ecology of Thomas’s Big Eared Bat, however given their long ears and rudimentary noseleaf they are likely to be similar in ecology to Nyctophilus, using passive listening and low amplitude broadband echolocation calls to glean insects from vegetation. They roost communally or sometimes as individuals, probably in trees (Bonaccorso 1998). Roosting and foraging habitat is likely to be within lowland sclerophyll woodland and woodland with rainforest patches. The individual captured near Oio was trapped in rainforest near the boundary between extensive rainforest to the north and a large expanse of grassland, and was within 12 km of the coast (Hughes et al. 2014).

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This bat species is threatened by loss of woodland and forest habitat in general, especially in lowland regions near the coast.

IUCN Red List

Further Information


Armstrong, K.D., Aplin, K. & Broken-brow, J. 2020. Pharotis imogene. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2020: e.T16887A22114175. Downloaded on 26 January 2021.

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