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Mormopterus beccarii

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA CHIROPTERA MOLOSSIDAE

Scientific Name: Mormopterus beccarii
Species Authority: Peters, 1881
Common Name(s):
English Beccari's Free-tailed Bat, Beccari's Mastiff Bat
Taxonomic Notes: Species boundaries need to be checked to assess difference between Australian and New Guinea/Moluccan populations, which appear to have different bone structures and weights (T. Reardon and N. McKenzie pers. comm.).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Reardon, T. & McKenzie, N.
Reviewer(s): Lamoreux, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team), Racey, P.A., Medellín, R. & Hutson, A.M. (Chiroptera Red List Authority)
Justification:
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a broad range of habitats, occurrence in a number of protected areas, large population, and because it is not believed to be declining.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species ranges from the islands of Halmahera and Ambon in the Moluccan Islands (Indonesia), through New Guinea (Papua New Guinea and a single location in Papua Province, Indonesia), on the islands of Fergusson and New Britain (Papua New Guinea), and throughout much of northern Australia. It is found from sea level to 300 m asl.
Countries:
Native:
Australia; Indonesia (Papua); Papua New Guinea
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Population [top]

Population: It is a common species.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is present in a wide variety of habitats ranging from arid and semi-arid areas, through savanna type habitats to forested areas, including tropical moist forest. It seems to use fragmented habitat remnants (M. Pennay pers. comm.). It can be found in urban areas (Bonaccorso 1998). This species roosts in tree hollows and caves, and has been found roosting in buildings in colonies of up to 50 animals (Bonaccorso 1998; McKenzie and Bullen 2008).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There appear to be no major threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is present in a number of protected areas (e.g., Kakadu National Park, Australia, as well as Tonda Wildlife Management Area in Western Province, Papua New Guinea). Species boundaries need to be checked to assess difference between Australian and New Guinea/Moluccan populations, which appear to have different bone structures and weights (T. Reardon and N. McKenzie pers. comm.).

Citation: Reardon, T. & McKenzie, N. 2008. Mormopterus beccarii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 01 August 2014.
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