Hipposideros curtus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Hipposideros curtus
Species Authority: G.M. Allen, 1921
Common Name(s):
English Short-tailed Roundleaf Bat
Hipposideros sandersoni Sanderson, 1937
Taxonomic Notes: The taxonomic relationship between Hipposideros curtus and H. vittatus is unclear and needs further investigation.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B2ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Mickleburgh, S., Hutson, A.M., Bergmans, W. & Juste, J.
Reviewer(s): Hutson, A.M., Racey, P.A. (Chiroptera Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Vulnerable because its area of occupancy (cave roosting localities) is probably less than 2,000 km², its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat.
2004 Vulnerable

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is restricted to southwestern Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea (both Bioko island and Rio Muni). The species might be present in Nigeria, however, this needs confirmation. It is a lowland species is found at elevations from sea-level to 500 m.
Cameroon; Equatorial Guinea (Bioko)
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Population [top]

Population: This species has been rarely recorded and is known only from a few locations.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This little known species is associated with tropical lowland moist forest, and is not present in areas of cleared forest. It is a cave roosting species.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Threats to this species include ongoing forest loss, and disturbance of cave roosting sites. A number of the few known roosts have already been deserted presumably because of disturbance.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species has not been recorded from any protected areas. There is an urgent need to protect any important roosting sites, and to maintain suitable foarging habitat in the vicinity of these. Further field surveys are needed to locate additional populations of this species, and to determine if the species is present in Nigeria.

Citation: Mickleburgh, S., Hutson, A.M., Bergmans, W. & Juste, J. 2008. Hipposideros curtus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 28 August 2015.
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