Molossops aequatorianus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Chiroptera Molossidae

Scientific Name: Molossops aequatorianus Cabrera, 1917
Common Name(s):
English Equatorial Dog-faced Bat

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2014-07-07
Assessor(s): Tirira, D.
Reviewer(s): Solari, S.
Contributor(s): Burneo, S. & Velazco, P.
This species is listed as Endangered because it has a limited geographic range, it is only know from two locations in west central Ecuador. The extent of occurrence (EOO) is c. 4,000 km2 and its habitat is declining due to the rapid expansion of agriculture. These threats are likely to continue as the area is favourable for agriculture.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is known only from two localities in the tropical dry forests of west central Ecuador (Simmons 2005, Tirira 2011).
Countries occurrence:
Additional data:
Estimated area of occupancy (AOO) - km2:500
Number of Locations:2
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Population [top]

Population:This bat is rare, known from only two localities (Tirira 2011), and difficult to sample (S. Burneo pers. comm.).
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species is poorly known. It feeds on insects (Tirira 2007) and it is found in tropical dry forests
Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat:Yes

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is not used.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The tropical dry forests where this species has been found are being converted to agriculture, and the forest cover of the original localities is actually lost (S. Burneo pers. comm.). One of its populations occurs nearby a swamp area which is under threat from agriculture and aquaculture (Tirira 2011).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: More information on habitats and ecology are required to determine necessary conservation measures (S. Burneo pers. comm.).

Citation: Tirira, D. 2016. Molossops aequatorianus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T13638A22109325. . Downloaded on 26 May 2018.
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