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Bat tattooing

ABS member Julie Broken-Brow has begun tattooing bats as a long-term marking method in Cape York Peninsula, QLD and Pilliga region, NSW. If you capture a tattooed bat, please notify Julie.


Bats are tattooed on the right wing, on the propatagium wing membrane above the elbow (between shoulder and wrist). On smaller bats, or bats with darker wings, it is easier to see the tattoo when you shine a light through the wing membrane.


Tattoo codes consist of a researcher code (JB), then unique letter/number code (X###). For example JBA001.


If you would like more information on this method, its usage, training, permit requirements, or to report your own tattoo codes to contribute to the repository, please contact Julie.