Myotis australis Dobson, 1878:317

Small-footed myotis, Australian myotis, Small-footed bat (Ogilby, 1892:93)



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Myotis ater australis Dobson, 1878:317; Vespertilio australis Dobson, 1878:317


Possibly a vagrant Myotis muricola (Reardon & Lumsden, 2008). According to (Ride, 1970:177):

"Recognition: said to differ from adversus by shorter heel bone which only extends half-way between heel and tail, wings attached to feet at base of toes instead of to ankles."


Conservation Status

Doubtfully valid

Last record: 1878 or prior

IUCN status: Data Deficient



"New South Wales", Australia (Dobson, 1878)






Only known from the holotype.






Original scientific description:

Dobson, G. E. (1878). Catalogue of the Chiroptera in the Collection of the British Museum. British Museum (Natural History), London.


Other references:

Hill, J. E. 1983. Bats (Mammalia: Chiroptera) from Indo-Australia. Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History), Zoology Series, 43:103-208.

Husson, A. M. (1970). Status of Myotis australis (Dobson). Australian Bat Research News 9: 4-6.

Iredale, Tom and Troughton, Ellis Le Geyt. (1934). A check-list of the mammals recorded from Australia. Mem. Aust. Mus. 6: i-xii, 1-122.

Jackson, Stephen and Groves, Colin. (2015). Taxonomy of Australian Mammals. Clayton South, Melbourne: CSIRO Publishing. 529 pp. [p. 283]

Koopman, K. F. (1984). Taxonomic and distributional notes on tropical Australian bats. American Museum Novitates 277(8): 1-48.

Reardon, T. & Lumsden, L. (2008). Myotis australis. In: IUCN 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.1. ( Downloaded on 17 October 2011.

Ride, W. D. L. (1970). A Guide to the Native Mammals of Australia. Melbourne: Oxford University Press.


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