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Fishing Bats Myotis macropus

Brad Law is a Principal Research Scientist at the Forest Science Unit of the Dept of Primary Industries focusing on ecologically sustainable forest management practices. Brad has over 30 years of experience in forest wildlife ecology and has published more than 150 peer reviewed papers.

Brad’s research covers all types of wildlife including bats, pygmy possums, Hastings River Mouse, eucalypt flowering and nectar and most recently koalas. He is also interested in urban ecology and has co-supervised a number of postgraduate students investigating a range of ecological topics. Brad is co-editor of Australia’s oldest zoological journal: Australian Zoologist.
Since 2015, koalas in the hinterland forests of north-east NSW and use of passive acoustics have been a major research focus.

Dr Brad Law
Fishing Bat Photo: Steve Parishh

Fishing bats, Myotis macropus, feed on aquatic insects and small fish.

They are small animals – an adult human could fit a fishing bat in their hand.

They fly close to the surface of streams, ponds or lagoons.

To catch their prey, they rake the water with the curved claws on their large feet.  Their scientific name refers to the size of their feet relative to the size of their bodies.

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