Mormopterus phrudus 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Chiroptera Molossidae

Scientific Name: Mormopterus phrudus
Species Authority: (Handley, 1956)
Common Name(s):
English Incan Little Mastiff Bat
Taxonomic Notes: The Mormopterus genus requires review (Molinari pers. comm.), however, the species is valid (Velazco pers. comm.).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D2 ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Pacheco, V. Aguirre, L. & Mantilla, H.
Reviewer(s): Medellín, R. (Chiroptera Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Vulnerable because it is known from only a single location, however, this is in a national park so it has some protection. Given more information on the population the species may qualify for inclusion in a higher threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1996 Endangered (EN)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known only from the type locality Cuzco, Machu Picchu, Urubamba River, San Miguel Bridge, Peru (Simmons, 2005).
Countries occurrence:
Upper elevation limit (metres): 3000
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Population [top]

Population: This species is rare - only nine or ten specimen collected, areas with suitable habitat in a neighbouring national park surounding the locality have been surveyed using a range of methodolgies and failed to find the species (Velazco pers. comm.). May be micro endemic (Aguirre pers. comm.). The species is considered 'endangered' in the national red list of Peru (Velazco pers. comm.).
Current Population Trend: Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Very little known on habitat and ecology, may prefer montane forest based on habitat at type locality (Davaros pers. comm.). Occurs at 3,000 m and may roost in caves (Velazco pers comm.).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Known only from one location.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Type locality is within a protected area.

Citation: Pacheco, V. Aguirre, L. & Mantilla, H. 2008. Mormopterus phrudus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T13887A4361786. . Downloaded on 30 November 2015.
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