Micronycteris megalotis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Micronycteris megalotis
Species Authority: (Gray, 1842)
Common Name(s):
English Little Big-eared Bat
Taxonomic Notes: M. microtus has been split from M. megalotis but recent unpublished molecular data indicates it should be synonymous with M. megalotis.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Sampaio, E., Lim, B. & Peters, S.
Reviewer(s): Medellín, R. (Chiroptera Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
This species is listed as Least Concern because, although it is seldom recorded, it has a relatively wide distribution, is found in protected areas, has a presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, French Guiana, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador (Simmons, 2005), Bolivia, Argentina, Paraguay, Suriname and Trinidad.
Bolivia, Plurinational States of; Brazil; Colombia; Ecuador; French Guiana; Guyana; Paraguay; Peru; Suriname; Trinidad and Tobago; Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: Relatively uncommon and widespread (Emmons and Feer 1997).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is broadly tolerant of both multistratal evergreen forests and dry thorn forests. This bat forages near streams, and it roosts in hollow trees, logs, caverns, or houses in groups of up to twelve. It is a mixed feeder, taking fruit when in season as well as insects (Eisenberg, 1989).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Deforestation although this is not considered to be a major threat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Conservation of intact forest habitat. This species occurs in a number of protected areas throughout its range.

Citation: Sampaio, E., Lim, B. & Peters, S. 2008. Micronycteris megalotis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 29 August 2015.
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