Welcome to the Australasian Bat Echolocation Database

About the Australasian Bat Echolocation Database

Acoustic-based surveys for bats have become an integral part of environmental assessments for development projects, predominantly because the recording hardware, analysis software and computing power have all improved significantly in the last decade.

The Australasian Bat Echolocation Database (ABED) has been developed for the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) by the Sound Archive at the Australian National Wildlife Collection (ANWC) to house reference (linked to voucher specimens), representative (identified based on published and unpublished resources without voucher collection) and anonymous (bulk data from a specific location) call recordings from bats in Australia, and surrounds.

The database will accept a range of data formats, including AnaBat and other frequency division bat detectors, and full spectrum recordings resulting from time expansion and high speed sampling processes.

The database is based on the Biodiversity Data Recording System (BDRS). Through the BDRS, users can upload material that meets the minimum standards for submission, and obtain information based on holdings.


The overall goals of the database are to:
  1. Contribute to increased robustness of identifications made on acoustic surveys;
  2. Add to the knowledge of the distribution and diversity of Australasian bat species; and
  3. Become a primary resource archive for the disparate and ephemeral sound recordings that are made as part of multitudes of field surveys, with links to other such projects worldwide.

Latest Statistics

Total number of records 0
Total number of users 4
No. of species in the field guide

Supported By

Atlas of Living Australia