Mormopterus phrudus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Chiroptera Molossidae

Scientific Name: Mormopterus phrudus 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: 2016
Date Assessed: 2015-07-10
Assessor(s): Velazco, P.
Reviewer(s): Solari, S.
Contributor(s): Pacheco, V., Aguirre, V. & Mantilla-Meluk, H.
The species is assessed as Vulnerable, because it is known from only a single location, and so far seems to have very specific requirements for habitat or roosts. Although this site is found in a national protected area, the species is still under some risk due to habitat alteration; slash-and-burn is still in practice by local farmers nearby the area. It is plausible that this restricted-range species could be driven towards a higher threatened category in a short time period. More information on its ecology and population are needed.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is only known from the type locality at Cuzco, Machu Picchu, Urubamba River, San Miguel Bridge, Peru (Simmons 2005).
Countries occurrence:
Additional data:
Estimated area of occupancy (AOO) - km2:20
Number of Locations:1
Lower elevation limit (metres):1800
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 surrounding the locality have been surveyed using a range of methodologies and failed to find the species (P.M. Velazco pers. comm). The species is considered 'critically endangered' in the national Red List of Peru (DS 004-2014-MINAGRI).
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Very little is known on preferred habitats and ecology of this species. Based on the predominant habitat at the type locality it may prefer montane forests. It occurs between 2,000-3,000 m and may roost in caves or crevices (P.M. Velazco pers comm.), like similar small-sized Molossids.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is known only from one location. Although it is within a national protected area, some loss of forest cover occurs eventually; slash-and-burn is still in practice by local farmers nearby the area.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The type locality is within a protected area, although local farmers can access areas within the sanctuary, with the consequent risks of habitat alteration. Being a small mammal, a nocturnal one, specific management policies are hard to implement.

Citation: Velazco, P. 2016. Mormopterus phrudus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T13887A22083688. . Downloaded on 16 October 2018.
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