Phoniscus papuensis (Dobson, 1878:339)

Golden-tipped bat, Dome-headed bat, Eastern forest bat (Ogilby, 1892:94; Lucas & Le Souëf, 1909:47)



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Kerivoula papuensis Dobson, 1878:339 (basionym)


Conservation Status

Last record: 1897

Rediscovered in 1981

IUCN RedList status: Least Concern


Not a rediscovery?



Australia, Indonesia & Papua New Guinea

Type locality: "Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea" (Mahoney & Walton, 1988:134)


Biology & Ecology




Holotype: BMNH (skin & skull) (Mahoney & Walton, 1988:134)






Original scientific description:

Dobson, G. E. (1878). Catalogue of the Chiroptera in the Collection of the British Museum. London: British Museum (Natural History). xlii + 567pp., 30pls.


Other references:

Bonaccorso, F. (1998). Bats of Papua New Guinea. Conservation International, Washington, DC, USA.

Flannery, T. F. (1995). Mammals of the South-West Pacific and Moluccan Islands. Comstock/Cornell, Ithaca, Ny, USA.

Flannery, T. F. (1995). The Mammals of New Guinea, 2nd edition. Reed Books, Sydney, Australia.

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

Hill, J. E. (1965). Asiatic bats of the genera Kerivoula and Phoniscus (Vespertilionidae), with a note on Kerivoula aerosa Tomes. Mammalia 29: 524-556.

Honacki, J. H., Kinman, K. E. and Koeppl, J. W. (1982). Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference. Lawrence: Allen Press & Assoc. Syst. Coll. x + 694 pp.

Hutson, T., Schlitter, D., Csorba, G., Hall, L., Lunney, D. & Hamilton, S. (2008). Phoniscus papuensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T10982A3235314. Downloaded on 15 February 2017.

Jackson, Stephen and Groves, Colin. (2015). Taxonomy of Australian Mammals. Clayton South, Melbourne: CSIRO Publishing. 529 pp. [p. 265-266]

Jentink, F. A. (1904). On Kerivoula picta (Pallas) and description of a new bat from Paramaribo. Notes Leyden Mus. 24: 174-176.

Koopman, K. F. (1982). Results of the Archbold Expeditions. No. 109. Bats from eastern Papua and the east Papuan islands. Am. Mus. Novit. 2747: 1-34.

Laurie, Eleanor Mary Ord and Hill, John Edwards. (1954). List of Land Mammals of New Guinea, Celebes and Adjacent Islands, 1758-1952. London: British Museum (Natural History).

Law, B. and Chidel, M. (2004). Roosting and foraging ecology of the golden-tipped bat Kerivoula papuensis on the south coast of New South Wales. Wildl. Res. 31: 73-82.

Lucas, Arthur Henry Shakespeare and Le Souëf, William Henry Dudley. (1909). The Animals of Australia: Mammals, Reptiles and Amphibians. Melbourne: Whitcombe and Tombs.

Lunney, D. and Barker, J. (1986). The occurrence of Phoniscus papuensis (Dobson) (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) on the south coast of New South Wales. Aust. Mamm. 9: 57-58.

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. 134]

Ogilby, J. Douglas. (1892). Catalogue of Australian Mammals, with Introductory Notes on General Mammalogy. Australian Museum, Sydney: Catalogue No. 16: viii + 142 pp.

Richards, G. C. (1983). Golden-tipped Bat Phoniscus papuensis, p. 355. In: Strahan, Ronald M. (ed.). The Australian Museum Complete Book of Australian Mammals. The National Photographic Index of Australian Wildlife. Sydney: Angus & Robertson.

Ryan, R. M. (1965). Taxonomic status of the verspertilionid genera Kerivoula and Phoniscus. J. Mamm. 46: 517-518.

Scheffers, Brett R., Yong, Ding Li, Harris, J. Berton C., Giam, Xingli and Sodhi, Navjot S. (2011). The world’s rediscovered species: back from the brink? PLoS ONE 6(7): e22531. [Supporting Information (Table S1)]

Schulz, M. (2000a). Diet and foraging behavior of the golden-tipped bat Kerivoula papuensis: a spider specialist? J. Mammal. 81: 948-957.

Schulz, M. (2000b). Relative abundance and other aspects of the natural history of the rare golden-tipped bat, Kerivoula papuensis (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae). Acta Chiropterol. 1: 165-178.

Schulz, M. andEyre, T. (2000). Habitat selection by the rare golden-tipped bat Kerivoula papuensis. Aust. Mammal. 22: 23-33.

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.

Woodside, D. P., Schulz, M. and Law, B. S. 2008. Golden-tipped Bat, Kerivoula papuensis. In: S. Van Dyck and R. Strahan (eds), The mammals of Australia. Third Edition, pp. 511-513. Reed New Holland, Sydney, Australia.

Woodside, D. P., Schulz, M. and Law, B. S. (2023). Golden-tipped Bat, Kerivoula papuensis, pp. 618-619. In: Baker, Andrew M. and Gynther, Ian C. (eds.). Strahan’s Mammals of Australia (4th ed.). Wahroonga, NSW: Reed New Holland Publishers. 848 pp.

Ziegler, A. C. (1982). An ecological check-list of New Guinea recent mammals, pp. 863-894. In: Gressitt, J. L. (ed.). Biogeography and Ecology of New Guinea, Vol. 2. The Hague: Junk.


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