Laephotis botswanae 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Chiroptera Vespertilionidae

Scientific Name: Laephotis botswanae Setzer, 1971
Common Name(s):
English Botswana Longeared, Botswana Long-eared Bat, Botswanan Long-eared Bat
Taxonomic Notes: Could be the same species as L. angolensis.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2017
Date Assessed: 2016-08-31
Assessor(s): Monadjem, A. & Schlitter, D.
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 is known from several apparently disjunct locations in Southern and East Africa. It has been recorded from Huila in Angola; northeastern Namibia and adjacent Botswana; central and southern Zimbabwe and adjacent northeastern South Africa; northern Zambia and extreme southern Democratic Republic of the Congo; Malawi (and possibly adjacent Mozambique); and from a single locality in southern Tanzania.
Countries occurrence:
Angola; Botswana; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Malawi; Namibia; South Africa; Tanzania, United Republic of; Zambia; Zimbabwe
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Population [top]

Population:The abundance of this species is not well known. It seems to be rarely collected, and may be naturally rare.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Animals have been recorded from dry and moist savanna, and heathland habitats. It is often found in the vicinity of rivers. This species is prefers habitats at higher elevations (Happold and Happold 1997). It is reported to occur under the bark of trees, usually in pairs (Ansell 1960; Ansell and Dowsett 1988).
Generation Length (years):5.63

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There appear to be no major threats to this species as a whole.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There appear to be no direct conservation measures in place, however, it is possible that given the species wide range, that it is present in some protected areas. Further studies are needed into the taxonomy, distribution, abundance and possible threats to this species.

Citation: Monadjem, A. & Schlitter, D. 2017. Laephotis botswanae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T11136A22011659. . Downloaded on 25 May 2018.
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