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1. Layers 


There is one application for each species of bat. Each application will contain a species distribution layer and, where available, various supporting layers for that species 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" - the current distribution of the given bat species.


  • Model (Dept Env, 2019) - models of the distribution of species related to the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). Full reference provided below.


  • Model (JCU, 2018) - models of the distribution of selected northern Australia species developed by James Cook University. Full reference provided below.


  • Model (Milne, 2018) - models of the distribution od Australian bat speices developed by Damian Milne. Full reference provided below.


  • 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. Amendmends don't have to be pretty, just understandable. Below is an example of how you might amendment your map.































4. Print Tool


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


5. Navigation


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


6. Full Screen


Expand your map to full screen.


Best Knowledge Bat Species Mapping Project



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




An authoritative, comprehensive and freely available set of species distributions maps will contribute to the conservation of bats. This is because there are multiple uses that the maps can and will be used for including:


  • 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 the user is notified once the changes are made. If any issues are identified, they are discussed until resolved.



 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 the area that you would typically see on a distribution map in a natural history publication.


Possible Range - area where the species may occur however it is unclear that it actually occurs there. Current records are doubtful. Any records of a species from this area should be associated with some form of verifiable evidence.


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


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






At what scale should species boundaries be defined at? 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 delineation 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 in the application reads 5km).




Commonwealth of Australia (Department of the Environment and Energy). Australia - Species of National Environmental Significance (Public Grids) 2019, Commonwealth of Australia 2019.


Pintor, A.; Graham, E.; Kennard, M.; 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, Griffith University, and Australian Government National Environmental Science Program (NESP), Northern Australia Environmental Resources Hub. (dataset).


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.






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 poliocephalus

 Pteropus scapulatus

 Syconycteris australis