Pipistrellus murrayi (Andrews)
|syn. Pipistrellus tenuis murrayi (Andrews)|
Australia: Christmas Island
|local name: -|
|size: ca. 6,6 cm (length)
extinction date: last seen in 2009
|The Christmas Island
Pipistrelle was once distributed all over Christmas Island, where these
animals spend the days sleeping in tiny tree holes and flying out at night
to prey for all kind of flying insects.
Since about the 1990s the populations of this species have dramatically declined - without anyone knowing the reasons why - just to eventually collapse completely.
When in the year 2009 efforts where undertaken to capture the remaining population of the species, only a single specimen could be found - since then there has been no trace of the species.
The Christmas Island Pipistrelle is since considered most probably extinct.