Pekapeka are Aotearoa’s only land mammals. There are 2 known species, both in decline due to predation and habitat loss. A third species, the greater short-tailed bat (Mystacina robusta) was last sighted in 1967 is considered extinct.
Pekapeka-tou-roa is active from dusk til dawn catching mosquitoes and other insects while ‘on the wing’.
They have brown black fur and are smaller than the pekapeka-tou-poto with smaller ears, which (unlike pekapeka-tou-poto, the lesser short-tailed bat) do not reach the snout when folded forward. Their bodies are about the size of a man’s thumb. They may roost in groups in hollowed trees, or singly under strips of bark of canopy species such as rimu (Dacrydium cupressinum).
Fine art reproductions are available with the HAND WRITTEN species title 'Pekapeka-tou-roa, long-tailed bat (Chalinolobus tuberculatus)' and are SIGNED INDIVIDUALLY.
The total edition of artist reproductions of this image is LIMITED TO 100.
This artist reproduction is available as an A4 (210 x 297 mm) print on both the 210GSM matte or 30GSM rough matte papers. Please select your preference.
The A3 on 210GSM smooth matte is pictured in image 1.
Every artist reproduction sold, funds the planting of a native tree through Trees That Count.