Hipposideros megalotis 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Chiroptera Hipposideridae

Scientific Name: Hipposideros megalotis (Heuglin, 1862)
Common Name(s):
English Ethiopian Large-eared 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., Fahr, J., Hutson, A.M., Mickleburgh, S. & Bergmans, W.
Reviewer(s): Piraccini, R.
Listed as Least Concern because, although it is seldom recorded, it has a relatively wide distribution, is tolerant of a range of habitats, 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 little known species has been recorded from only a few localities. It has been reported from Eritrea (including the type locality of Keren [Heuglin 1862]), Ethiopia (including Sidamo in southern Ethiopia [Meester and Setzer 1971]), Kenya (where it has been recorded from the localities of Kinangop and Nakuru [Hayman 1954]), Somalia, Djibouti [Legendre 1982; Pearch et al. 2001] and from Jeddah in Saudi Arabia (Gaucher and Brosset 1990). Animals have been reported at elevations of up to 2,000 m Asl.
Countries occurrence:
Djibouti; Eritrea; Ethiopia; Kenya; Saudi Arabia
Additional data:
Upper elevation limit (metres):2000
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Population [top]

Population:Little is known about the population of this species. Very few animals have ever been recorded.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species has typically been recorded in dry savanna, coastal shrub and desert, or semi-desert habitats. It is possibly a cave roosting species, however, a number of animals were found in a house at Nakuru, Kenya, by Hayman (1954).
Generation Length (years):5

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The threats to this species remain poorly known. Its is suspected to be threatened by habitat loss resulting from the conversion of land to agricultural use, and by disturbance of roosting sites.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no direct conservation measures in place for this species. It is not known if the species is present in any protected areas. Additional studies are needed into the distribution, abundance, general ecology and threats to this little-known species.

Citation: Monadjem, A., Fahr, J., Hutson, A.M., Mickleburgh, S. & Bergmans, W. 2017. Hipposideros megalotis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T10150A22101286. . Downloaded on 25 June 2018.
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