Micropteropus pusillus 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Chiroptera Pteropodidae

Scientific Name: Micropteropus pusillus
Species Authority: (Peters, 1868)
Common Name(s):
English Peter's Dwarf Epauletted Fruit Bat

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Mickleburgh, S., Hutson, A.M. & Bergmans, W.
Reviewer(s): Hutson, A.M., Racey, P.A. (Chiroptera Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, it occurs in a number of protected areas, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2004 Least Concern (LC)
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is distributed in West Africa, Central Africa and East Africa. It ranges from Senegal and The Gambia, throughout much of West Africa to Cameroon, from here it is distributed into Equatorial Guinea (Rio Muni), Gabon, Congo, Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, Uganda and western Ethiopia and Kenya. It is found as far south as central Angola.
Countries occurrence:
Angola (Angola); Benin; Burkina Faso; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Chad; Congo; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Côte d'Ivoire; Equatorial Guinea; Ethiopia; Gabon; Gambia; Ghana; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Kenya; Liberia; Mali; Niger; Nigeria; Rwanda; Senegal; Sierra Leone; South Sudan; Sudan; Tanzania, United Republic of; Togo; Uganda
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Population [top]

Population: This is generally considered to be one of the most common African bats. Large numbers are often recorded from fruit trees.
Current Population Trend: Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species has been recorded from a wide variety of primary and secondary habitats. Populations are typically found in savanna woodlands, but can be encountered in tropical moist forest, swamp forest, bushland, edaphic grasslands and mosaics of these habitats. Animals usually roost in small numbers amongst dense vegetation. This species is an opportunistic forager of fruits and flowers, travelling widely each night to find food, and could be of economic importance for pollination.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: In view of the species wide range it seems probable that it is present in many protected areas. In general, no direct conservation measures are currently needed for this species as a whole.

Citation: Mickleburgh, S., Hutson, A.M. & Bergmans, W. 2008. Micropteropus pusillus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T13402A3893486. . Downloaded on 30 May 2016.
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