Hipposideros cyclops 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Chiroptera Hipposideridae

Scientific Name: Hipposideros cyclops (Temminck, 1853)
Common Name(s):
English Cyclops Roundleaf Bat

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2017
Date Assessed: 2016-08-31
Assessor(s): Monadjem, A., Juste, J., Bergmans, W., Mickleburgh, S., Hutson, A.M. & Fahr, J.
Reviewer(s): Piraccini, R.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species has been widely recorded over much of West Africa and Central Africa, with a few scattered records from East Africa. It ranges from Senegal and The Gambia in the west, through most countries in West Africa, to Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic and Rwanda, being recorded from East Africa in southern Sudan, Uganda and western Kenya, with an isolated population in southeastern Kenya and northeastern Tanzania (Decher and Fahr 2005). It has been collected at Tongwe Forest near Tanga and Kwamgumi Forest Reserve in Tanzania (K. Howell pers. comm. 2004). There is a dubious record from the border area of Chad and the Central African Republic. It occurs from sea-level up to at least 1,000 m.
Countries occurrence:
Benin; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Congo; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Côte d'Ivoire; Equatorial Guinea (Bioko); Gabon; Gambia; Ghana; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Kenya; Liberia; Nigeria; Rwanda; Senegal; Sierra Leone; Sudan; Tanzania, United Republic of; Togo; Uganda
Additional data:
Upper elevation limit (metres):1000
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Population [top]

Population:It is a reasonably common species in some areas.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Although this bat is often considered to be a forest species (Happold 1987), it can be found far into the forest–savanna mosaic in many parts of its range (Decher and Fahr 2005). In Nigeria, it has only been recorded from tropical moist forest. It does not occur in heavily degraded areas. The species roosts singly, in pairs or in small groups of up to 12 individuals in cavities in hollow standing trees. They prefer cavities as high as possible above the ground and sometimes share these with flying squirrels (Happold 1987).
Generation Length (years):5

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Although not threatened throughout its range, this species may disappear from many areas that are threatened by deforestation, especially on the extreme limits of its distribution (Decher and Fahr 2005).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The roosting habits of this bat requires very large hollow trees, so conservation of these must be a priority. It is found in some protected areas, for example Kwamgumi Forest Reserve in Tanzania, and the Udzungwa Mountains National Park of Tanzania.

Citation: Monadjem, A., Juste, J., Bergmans, W., Mickleburgh, S., Hutson, A.M. & Fahr, J. 2017. Hipposideros cyclops. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T10126A22095945. . Downloaded on 25 June 2018.
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