The distribution of the greater broad-nose bat scoteanax rueppellii (microchiroptera: Vespertilionidae) in relation to climate and topography

Peter D. Wilson*

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Abstract

Concepts of the distribution of the greater broad-nose bat (Scoteanax rueppellii) have changed significantly as occurrence records have accumulated over the years. Early accounts of the species' distribution suggested that it was restricted to the heavily timbered areas of eastern Australia, and occurred over a wide range of altitudes. However, recent summaries of the distribution of the species differ significantly from these early accounts. To reconcile these discrepancies, I collated records from museum collections and wildlife databases. These data clearly indicate that stated altitudinal limits for the species are not correct. The currently known southern limit of the species is near Eden, New South Wales (NSW). The distribution of the species was modelled using the DOMAIN climate matching algorithm. The model indicates that S. rueppellii may occur in East Gippsland, Victoria, suggests its likely occurrence in inland Queensland and northern NSW, but a low likelihood of occurrence in inland southern NSW. However, the data show strong spatial and temporal biases that restrict the confidence that may be placed in the model. It is argued that species distributions must be regarded as open and evolving hypotheses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-85
Number of pages9
JournalAustralian Mammalogy
Volume28
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Keywords

  • Climatic envelope
  • Distribution
  • DOMAIN
  • Greater broad-nose bat
  • Scoteanax rueppellii

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