Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Chiroptera Phyllostomidae

Scientific Name: Trinycteris nicefori
Species Authority: Sanborn, 1949
Common Name(s):
English Niceforo's Big-eared Bat
Micronycteris nicefori Sanborn, 1949
Taxonomic Notes: Raised to generic level as a monotypic genus (Simmons and Voss 1998).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Tavares, V. & Burneo, S.
Reviewer(s): Medellín, R. (Chiroptera Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
This species is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, and because it is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category. However, this species is represented in monospecific genus and should be considered for further research and potential conservation efforts.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs throughout Belize to north Colombia, Venezuela, Guianas, Amazonian and northeastern Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia; It is also found on Trinidad (Simmons, 2005). In Bolivia found to 1,000 m (Aguirre pers. comm.). Found in Mexico (Arroyo-Cabrales pers. comm.). Also occurs in central forest of western pacific in Panama (Samudio pers. comm.).
Countries occurrence:
Belize; Bolivia, Plurinational States of; Brazil; Colombia; Costa Rica; French Guiana; Guatemala; Guyana; Mexico; Nicaragua; Panama; Peru; Suriname; Trinidad and Tobago; Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: It is apparently rare and local in Central America (Reid, 1997) and South America (Tavares pers. comm.). In Ecuador it is rare (Tirira, in prep.).
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This bat is poorly known. It is found in evergreen and dry deciduous lowland forest. Its roosts include hollow trees and buildings. This species seems to be most active for an hour after sunset and an hour before dawn (Reid, 1997). In Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela found also in secondary forests though seems to prefer primary habitats (Velazco pers. comm.)
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No major threats throughout its range. Considered Vulnerable in Bolivia.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Occurs in protected areas - but always rare and at low densities.

Citation: Tavares, V. & Burneo, S. 2008. Trinycteris nicefori. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T13381A3878414. . Downloaded on 05 October 2015.
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