Myotis australis (Dobson, 1878:317)

Small-footed myotis, Australian myotis, Small-footed bat (Ogilby, 1892:93; Wood Jones, 1925:411)



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Vespertilio australis Dobson, 1878:317 (basionym); Myotis ater 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; 1878 (Martin et al., 2023)

IUCN status: Data Deficient



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

Type locality: ""Australie, Sydney", N.S.W." (Mahoney & Walton, 1988:138)


Biology & Ecology




Only known from the holotype.


Holotype: RMNH 19631 (skin & skull) (Mahoney & Walton, 1988:138)






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:

Frith, H. J. (1979). Wildlife Conservation, revised edition. Angus & Robertson. xiv + 416 pp. [p. 302 (table), p. 323 (species account)]

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

Hoye, G. A., Campbell, S., Gonsalves, L., Law, B. S., Lumsden, Lindy F., Milne, D. J. and Richards, G. C. (2023). Large-footed Myotis, Myotis macropus, pp. 616-617. In: Baker, Andrew M. and Gynther, Ian C. (eds.). Strahan’s Mammals of Australia (4th ed.). Wahroonga, NSW: Reed New Holland Publishers. 848 pp.

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.

Mahoney, J. A. and Walton, D. W. (1988). Vespertilionidae, pp. 128-145. In: Walton, D. W. (ed.). Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 5. Mammalia. Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service. x + 273 pp. [p. 138]

Martin, Thomas E., Bennett, Gareth C., Fairbairn, Andrew J. and Mooers, A. Ø. (2023). ‘Lost’ taxa and their conservation implications. Animal Conservation 26(1): 14-24. [Appendix S2 (1617 taxa not seen >10 years); Appendix S3 (562 taxa not seen >50 years)]

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.

Simmons, N.B. and A.L. Cirranello. 2023. Bat Species of the World: A taxonomic and geographic database. Version 1.3. Accessed on 06/18/2023.

Tate, G. H. H. (1941). Results of the Archbold Expeditions. No. 39. A review of the genus Myotis (Chiroptera) of Eurasia, with special reference to species occurring in the East Indies. Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist. 78: 537-565. [541,546]

Wood Jones, Frederic. (1925). The Mammals of South Australia. Part III. (Conclusion) Containing the Monodelphia. Adelaide: Government Printer. 3: 271-458. [21 December 1925] [p. 411 (species account)] 


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