Mystacina tuberculata — Overview

New Zealand Lesser Short-tailed Bat learn more about names for this taxon

IUCN threat status:

Vulnerable (VU)

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Biology

Very little is know about the fascinating lesser short-tailed bat. Small groups occupy hollow trees and caves to roost and it is thought that bats may use their teeth and claws to excavate burrows in a manner similar to rodents (2). Agile on the ground, short-tailed bats spend large amounts of time of the forest floor, feeding on insects, fruit and nectar (3). It is thought that this species is an important pollinator of the endangered woodrose (Dactylanthus spp.), a parasitic plant of roots on the forest floor (3). During the breeding season, males are thought to compete for females via a lek mating system in which they 'sing' from important positions to attract mates (3).

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