This species is now most often referred to asĀ Myotis macropusor the Southern Myotis, but has previously been called the Large-footed Myotis (M. adversus). It has disproportionately large feet; more than 8 mm long, with widely-spaced toes which are distinctly hairy and with long, curved claws. It has dark-grey to reddish brown fur above and is paler below. It weighs up to 15 grams and has a wingspan of about 28 cm.


The Southern Myotis is found in the coastal band from the north-west of Australia, across the top-end and south to western Victoria. It is rarely found more than 100 km inland, except along major rivers.

Habitat and ecology

  • Generally roost in groups of 10 – 15 close to water in caves, mine shafts, hollow-bearing trees, storm water channels, buildings, under bridges and in dense foliage.
  • Forage over streams and pools catching insects and small fish by raking their feet across the water surface.
  • In NSW females have one young each year usually in November or December.
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For more information:
NSW Office of Environment & Heritage