Tadarida sarasinorum


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Tadarida sarasinorum
Species Authority: (Meyer, 1899)
Common Name(s):
English Sulawesian Free-tailed Bat, Sulawesi Free-tailed Bat
Mops sarasinorum (Meyer, 1899)
Taxonomic Notes: The genus Mops is here retained in Tadarida following the continental-level classification adopted by Happold and Happold (in press). This species is possibly conspecific with T. mops (Corbet and Hill 1992). Simmons (2005) also notes that T. sarasinorum includes lanei (this subspecies was previously included in Philippinopterus) according to Freeman (1981) and Hill and Rozendaal (1989).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Rosell-Ambal, G., Tabaranza, B., McKinnon, J., Kingston, T. & Maharadatunkamsi, D.
Reviewer(s): Hutson, A.M., Racey, P.A. (Chiroptera Red List Authority), Chanson, J. & Chiozza, F. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
This species is listed as Data Deficient due to a lack of knowledge about its population status and ecology in the Philippines (L. Heaney and D. Balete pers. comm.) and in Indonesia (T. Kingston and D. Maharadatunkamsi pers. comm.).

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: The species is found in Indonesia (Sulawesi) and the Philippines (Simmons 2005). In the Philippines, records are from Mindanao (South Cotabato, and Misamis Oriental provinces), and Palawan (Heaney et al. 1998). It has also been collected on Buton (T. Kingston pers. comm. 2006). The record from Luzon, Benguet province, represents an undescribed species (L. Heaney pers. comm.).
Indonesia; Philippines
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Population [top]

Population: The population status and trends are unknown. Surveys for this species in the Philippines have been inadequate and inappropriate, given that it is a high flying forager. It is known from very few records scattered over a large area.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Habitat and ecology of this species are mostly unknown, although it is probably found in lowland forest (Heaney et al. 1998). It forages over water and also cultivated areas.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is threatened by deforestation through felling of trees and agriculture. Mining and encroachment of industrial development are also threats.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Legislation to conserve this species is being established at a national level but needs to be implemented. Further research to understand this species population and ecology is required.

Citation: Rosell-Ambal, G., Tabaranza, B., McKinnon, J., Kingston, T. & Maharadatunkamsi, D. 2008. Tadarida sarasinorum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <>. Downloaded on 25 October 2014.
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