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Myotis chinensis

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA CHIROPTERA VESPERTILIONIDAE

Scientific Name: Myotis chinensis
Species Authority: (Tomes, 1857)
Common Name(s):
English Large Myotis
Taxonomic Notes: Zhang et al. (1997) included this species in M. myotis, but it is clearly distinct. Wang (2002) recognized two subspecies in China, the nominate form and luctuosus, but geographic variation throughout the range needs further study.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Csorba, G., Bates, P. & Furey, N.
Reviewer(s): Hutson, A.M., Racey, P.A. (Chiroptera Red List Authority), Chanson, J. & Chiozza, F. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in central and southeast China (Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Guangdong, Hong Kong, Guangxi, Fujian, Hainan, Hunan, Zhejiang, Sichuan, Guizhou, and Yunnan provinces), extending to Thailand, Myanmar and Viet Nam (Smith et al. 2008). It can be expected in northern Lao PDR, but this has not yet been confirmed. In Myanmar it is found between 50-1,000 m asl in elevation (P. Bates pers. comm.).
Countries:
Native:
China (Yunnan); Hong Kong; Myanmar; Thailand; Viet Nam
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Population [top]

Population: This is a relatively common species in at least part of its range, for example Myanmar (P. Bates pers. comm.).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is found in a wide range of habitats from lowlands through the hill country. It is known to hibernate in caves (Smith et al. 2008). Most of the recent records in Southeast Asia (Bates et al. 1999, 2001) report it being netted near cave entrances in or adjacent to limestone areas with rivers and streams (Bates et al. 1999, 2001).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is known to occur in protected areas throughout its wide range.

Citation: Csorba, G., Bates, P. & Furey, N. 2008. Myotis chinensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 19 December 2014.
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