Anoura fistulata 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Chiroptera Phyllostomidae

Scientific Name: Anoura fistulata Muchhala, Mena-Valenzuela & Albuja, 2005
Common Name(s):
English Tube-lipped Tailless Bat
Taxonomic Notes: Western outlying population may be Anoura cadenai (Mantilla in press).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Burneo, S. & Mantilla, H.
Reviewer(s): Medellín, R. (Chiroptera Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Data Deficient in view of the absence of recent information on its extent of occurrence.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species occurs throughout the Ecuadorian Andes, including the eastern and western slopes of the Andes of northern Ecuador, and the slopes of the Cordillera de Cóndor and Cordillera del Cutucú in southern Ecuador. Its known distribution is restricted to higher elevations (1,300-1,890 m on the eastern and 2,000-2,275 m on the western slopes), where it inhabits montane cloud forests (Muchhala et al., 2005).
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Population [top]

Population:Although widespread, this species is uncommon, as demonstrated by the low rate of capture in mist nets and its relative rarity in museum collections (Muchhala et al., 2005).
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This bat inhabits mid elevations of outer slopes of the Andes. One specimen was captured in the Numbala caves, where it was roosting with 4 other individuals. All specimens have been collected in mature cloud forest habitat. Anoura fistulata consumes nectar and pollen from a number of large-flowered plants, and supplements its diet with insects. Pollen was collected from the fur of 4 individuals. Three were carrying pollen from unidentified bromeliads, 2 from Marcgravia, 2 from Meriania, 2 from Centropogon nigricans, and 1 from Markea. A faecal sample collected from 1 of these 3 contained pollen of Marcgravia, Aphelandra acanthus, and bromeliads, as well as wing scales of Lepidoptera and other insect parts. The gut contents of a 5th individual contained insect parts and pollen from Pitcairnia brogniartiana, Marcgravia coriaceae, and Markea (Muchhala et al., 2005).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The ecosystem on which it is highly dependant is very fragile and the rate of destruction is high (Mantilla pers. comm.).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The species range is within two protected areas in which it is likely to occur although there are no records (Burneo pers. comm.)

Citation: Burneo, S. & Mantilla, H. 2008. Anoura fistulata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T136239A4264045. . Downloaded on 21 September 2018.
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