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Tadarida demonstrator

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA CHIROPTERA MOLOSSIDAE

Scientific Name: Tadarida demonstrator
Species Authority: (Thomas, 1903)
Common Name(s):
English Mongalla Free-tailed Bat
Synonym(s):
Mops demonstrator (Thomas, 1903)

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., Fahr, J. & Cotterill, F.P.D.
Reviewer(s): Hutson, A.M., Racey, P.A. (Chiroptera Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
History:
2004 Near Threatened

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This African bat has been patchily recorded from West Africa (Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana and Burkina Faso) and Central to East Africa (Cameroon, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, western Uganda and Sudan). A record from the Gambia appears to be in error (Koopman 1989; Grubb et al. 1998).
Countries:
Native:
Burkina Faso; Cameroon; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Côte d'Ivoire; Ghana; South Sudan; Sudan; Uganda
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Population [top]

Population: This species is rarely recorded. Animals are usually found singly or as small groups of up to 12 bats.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is found in open and dry savanna and Saharan grasslands. It might be associated with large rivers, especially in the north eastern part of the range. Animals often roost in fissures and cracks of tree trunks (including Vitex doniana [Freeman 1981]) and large branches of savanna trees.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): In part of its range this species is threatened by habitat loss, mostly the cutting of larger roosting trees from savanna. It may also be threatened by encroaching desertification in the northern limits of its range..

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species has been recorded from the Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Freeman, 1981), and may be present in additional protected areas. There is a need to protect suitable large roosting trees in savanna. Further research is needed to better understand the distribution, natural history and major threats to this species.

Citation: Mickleburgh, S., Hutson, A.M., Bergmans, W., Fahr, J. & Cotterill, F.P.D. 2008. Tadarida demonstrator. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 29 August 2014.
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