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1. Layers 


Each application contains a species distribution layer and, where available, various supporting layers that the user may or may not choose to use. Each layer can be turned on and off as required. The details for each layer are provided below.


"Species Name" - this layer shows the current distribution that has been deliniated for the bat species. It will be updated as approved changes are recieved.


Model (Dept Env, 2019) - Species distribution model. See Australia - Species of National Environmental Significance (Public Grids) 2019, Commonwealth of Australia 2019.


Model (JCU, 2018) - Species distribution model. See Pintor, A.; Graham, E.; VanDerWal, J. (2018). Expert Vetted Distribution Models and Biodiversity Hotspot Maps of Terrestrial and Freshwater Taxa of Conservation Concern in Northern Australia. James Cook University.


Model (Milne, 2018) - Species distribution model.  See Milne, D.J. (2019). A Novel Method For Defining Regions To Describe Species Biogeography: A Case Study Using Australian Bats. Conference proceeding in Australian Bat Society Newsletter no. 50.


ALA Records - Atlas of living Australia Species web mapping service (WMS)


Bioregions - Web mapping service (WMS) for the Interim Biogeographic Regionalisation for Australia (IBRA), Version 7 (Regions)


Imagery and Basemap - ESRI mapping services.



If you have relevant spatial data for one or more species, please advise and they can be added to the corrosponding species application.


2. Instructions


Basic instructions for amending and submitting distributions



3. Drawing Tool


Use this tool to draw your suggested amendments to the species distribution map. Alternatively you can save the map as an image and use your personal image editing software to add amendments. Below is an example of how you might amend a map.



































4. Print Tool


Use this tool to save your map as an image. Alternatively save a screen grab. On saved, send your image to


5. Navigation


Use these tools or your mouse or touch controls to navigate your map.


6. Full Screen


Expand your map to full screen.

Best Knowledge Bat Species Mapping Project



To utilize the extensive knowlege of the ABS to develop and maintain 'best knowledge' (aka 'expert') distribution maps for all Australialian (and New Zealand?) bat species, and to make those maps freely available.



An authoritative, comprehensive and freely available set of species distributions maps will ultimatly contribute to the conservation of bats. This can be achived through a variety of means:


  • Assist researches and managers with the validation of bat species spatial records for the purpose of scientific analysis, environmental and threatened species assessments, development of management and action plans.

  • Publication in relevant books, reports, educational material and websites.

  • Assist with species identifications based on spatial location.



1. Using one of the species mapping applications (see below), users review the species distribution map and draw their recommended amendments.

2. Amendments are submitted and reviewed by the nominated expert for the species.

3. If accepted, map is updated, made available and user is advised. Otherwise any issues are discussed until resolved.





Below are the links to each of the species mapping applications.



 Saccolaimus flaviventris

 Saccolaimus mixtus

 Saccolaimus saccolaimus

 Taphozous australis

 Taphozous georgianus

 Taphozous hilli

 Taphozous kapalgensis

 Taphozous troughtoni



 Hipposideros ater

 Hipposideros cervinus

 Hipposideros diadema

 Hipposideros inornatus

 Hipposideros semoni

 Hipposideros stenotis



 Macroderma gigas



 Miniopterus australis

 Miniopterus orianae



 Austronomus australis

 Chaerephon jobensis

 Micronomus norfolkensis

 Ozimops cobourgianus

 Ozimops halli

 Ozimops kitcheneri

 Ozimops lumsdenae

 Ozimops petersi

 Ozimops planiceps

 Ozimops ridei

 Setirostris eleryi



 Dobsonia moluccensis

 Macroglossus minimus

 Nyctimene robinsoni

 Pteropus alecto

 Pteropus conspicillatus

 Pteropus macrotis

 Pteropus poliocephalus

 Pteropus scapulatus

 Syconycteris australis


 Rhinolophus megaphyllus

 Rhinolophus robertsi



 Rhinonicteris aurantia



 Chalinolobus dwyeri

 Chalinolobus gouldii

 Chalinolobus morio

 Chalinolobus nigrogriseus

 Chalinolobus picatus

 Falsistrellus mackenziei

 Falsistrellus tasmaniensis

 Murina florium

 Myotis macropus

 Nyctophilus arnhemensis

 Nyctophilus bifax

 Nyctophilus corbeni

 Nyctophilus daedalus

 Nyctophilus geoffroyi

 Nyctophilus gouldi

 Nyctophilus howensis

 Nyctophilus major

 Nyctophilus sherrini

 Nyctophilus walkeri

 Phoniscus papuensis

 Pipistrellus adamsi

 Pipistrellus westralis

 Scoteanax rueppellii

 Scotorepens balstoni

 Scotorepens greyii

 Scotorepens orion

 Scotorepens sanborni

 Vespadelus baverstocki

 Vespadelus caurinus

 Vespadelus darlingtoni

 Vespadelus douglasorum

 Vespadelus finlaysoni

 Vespadelus pumilus

 Vespadelus regulus

 Vespadelus troughtoni

 Vespadelus vulturnus




There are four categories that may be used when defining a species distribution. 'Current Range' is the only required category. The other categories are optional and may be delineated based on the best available knowledge.


Current Range    - area where the species is currently known or thought to occur. This is what you would see on a typical published species

                          distribution map.


Possible Range    - area where the species may occur however there is some doubt that it actually occurs there. Any records of a species should

                           be verifiable evidence


Previous Range   - where the species use to occur but it is known to no longer occur there.


Vagrant or Outier - confirmed or known records of individuals of the species outside the current range.



Categories Draw



At what scale should species boundaries defined? For many bat species distributions are poorly known therefore boundaries can only be defined at very large scales (greater than 1:1,000,000). For a small number species however, distributional patterns are well understood (e.g. rainforest or riparian dependent species). But even for these species individuals will, on occasions, traverse or utilize features in the landscape that are not considered typical for the species. Therefore species boundaries should be delineated at the smallest scale possible, however deliniation of distributions around fine scale landscape features such as riparian strips or small patches of vegetation is likely to be considered too small (roughly 1:100,000 or when the scale bar reads 5km)