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).

DYK that #bats are essential to #rainforests? They pollinate plant and control insects. Thomas’s Big-eared Bats are critically #endangered in #PapuaNewGuinea due to #palmoil #deforestation. Join the #Boycott4Wildlife

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

iucn-rating-critically-endangered

Armstrong, K.D., Aplin, K. & Broken-brow, J. 2020. Pharotis imogene. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2020: e.T16887A22114175. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2020-2.RLTS.T16887A22114175.en. Downloaded on 26 January 2021.


Contribute in three ways

  1. Creatives: Promote your creative business and use your creative expertise to raise awareness and join the fight to save endangered species. Join us!
  2. Conservationists: Showcase your conservation work and activism, blog about the urgent issues that are vital right now. Join us!
  3. Animal lovers: Big supermarket brands are directly contributing to this species’ extinction by destroying forests. You can join the #Boycott4Wildlife by sharing information from this website and boycotting brands in the supermarket.

Published by Palm Oil Detectives

Hi, I’m Palm Oil Detective’s Editor in Chief. Palm Oil Detectives is partly a consumer website about palm oil in products and partly an online community for writers, artists and musicians to showcase their work and express their love for endangered species. I have a strong voice for creatures great and small threatened by deforestation. With our collective power we can shift the greed of the retail industry and influence big palm oil to stop cutting down forests. Be bold! Be courageous! Join me and stand up for the animals with your art and your supermarket choices!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: