Mops sarasinorum 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Chiroptera Molossidae

Scientific Name: Mops sarasinorum
Species Authority: (Meyer, 1899)
Common Name(s):
English Sulawesian Free-tailed Bat, Sulawesi Free-tailed Bat
Tadarida sarasinorum (Meyer, 1899)
Taxonomic Notes: This species is possibly conspecific with Mops mops (Corbet and Hill 1992). Simmons (2005) also notes that M. sarasinorum includes lanei (this subspecies was previously included inPhilippinopterus) according to Freeman (1981) and Hill and Rozendaal (1989).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2014
Date Assessed: 2008-07-01
Assessor(s): Rosell-Ambal, G., Tabaranza, B., McKinnon, J., Kingston, T. & Maharadatunkamsi, D.
Reviewer(s): Hutson, A.M., Racey, P.A., Chanson, J.S. & Chiozza, F.
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.).
Previously published Red List assessments:
2008 Data Deficient (DD)
1996 Lower Risk/near threatened (LR/nt)

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.).
Countries occurrence:
Indonesia; Philippines
Upper elevation limit (metres): 1000
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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.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

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. 2014. Mops sarasinorum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2014: e.T13847A67364981. . Downloaded on 25 May 2016.
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