Conservation status

Fully half of the species in these four subfamilies are listed as Lower Risk, Vulnerable, Endangered, or Critically Endangered by the IUCN. The population declines are often accompanied by reports of habitat destruction. The golden-tipped bat (Kerivoula papuensis) is an example of a bat that may be facing a threat from habitat loss. A major challenge to scientists now is to learn more about this and other species that have historically been difficult to find. In fact, the golden-tipped bat was considered extirpated from Australia until it was rediscovered in 1981. With new trapping and monitoring techniques, scientists are beginning to gather data about habitat and feeding requirements. This information is critical in developing effective conservation plans.

Kerivoula lanosa has long woolly hair. (Photo by Brock Fenton. Reproduced by permission.)

Kerivoula lanosa has long woolly hair. (Photo by Brock Fenton. Reproduced by permission.)

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