Pipistrellus murrayi   (Andrews)

Christmas Island Pipistrelle
(Pipistrellus murrayi)

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.