Vulnerable listing for Cape York ghost bat sparks calls for protection

A LARGE bat, with wings so white they’re almost translucent, could stop a limestone mine proposed for Cape York going ahead.

The ghost bat (macroderma gigas) is Australia’s largest micro-bat and was on Thursday declared vulnerable to extinction.

The listing has prompted calls from the Australian Conservation Foundation for governments to step up protection for the species, and others in the area, by ruling out mining at Melody Rocks, west of Cooktown.

It claims the site and associated cave systems are the only known breeding site in Australia for the large-eared horseshoe bat (rhinolophus philippinensis) and Semon’s leaf-nosed bat (hipposideros semoni), with an adjacent cave system supporting the largest known breeding population of ghost bats in Queensland.

“If allowed to go ahead, this mine could irreversibly destroy some of the best known habitat for at least three nationally threatened species,” said ACF Northern Australia campaigner Andrew Picone.

The Australian Conservation Foundation has warned a mine proposed at Melody Rocks (pictured), 30km west of Cooktown, threatens Ghost Bat habitat. PICTURE: SOUTH ENDEAVOUR TRUST


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BATS. Megabats, Flying-foxes, Fruit bats and Microbats: Vulnerable listing for Cape York ghost bat sparks calls for protection
Vulnerable listing for Cape York ghost bat sparks calls for protection
Vulnerable listing for Cape York ghost bat sparks calls for protection
BATS. Megabats, Flying-foxes, Fruit bats and Microbats
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