Molossus aztecus 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Chiroptera Molossidae

Scientific Name: Molossus aztecus
Species Authority: Saussure, 1860
Common Name(s):
English Aztec Mastiff Bat
Taxonomic Notes: Included in Molossus by Koopman (1994).

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., Perez, S. & Arroyo-Cabrales, J.
Reviewer(s): Medellín, R. (Chiroptera Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
This species is listed as Least Concern in because of its wide distribution, presumed large population, occurrence in a number of protected areas, tolerance to some degree of habitat modification, and because it is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1996 Lower Risk/near threatened (LR/nt)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs from Jalisco (Mexico) to Nicaragua; Cozumel Island (Mexico); and southern Venezuela (Simmons, 2005). It occurs from lowlands to 1,300 m (Reid, 1997). The species does not occur in Honduras and El Salvador.
Countries occurrence:
Guatemala; Mexico; Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
Upper elevation limit (metres): 1300
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Population [top]

Population: It is uncommon to locally common (Reid, 1997).
Current Population Trend: Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is poorly known. It can be found in dry, semideciduous forest, evergreen forest and towns. It is insectivorous (Nowak, 1999). Found in mesophyllum forests, pine, pine-oak and oak forests (Santos and Castro-Arellano, 2005)
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): In southern Mexico the species is estimated to had 45% of habitat reduction (Cuaron and de Grammont pers. comm.). Overall there are no major threats at this time.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Found in protected areas.

Citation: Sampaio, E., Lim, B., Peters, S., Perez, S. & Arroyo-Cabrales, J. 2008. Molossus aztecus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T13645A4293329. . Downloaded on 31 May 2016.
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