Myotis elegans 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Chiroptera Vespertilionidae

Scientific Name: Myotis elegans
Species Authority: Hall, 1962
Common Name(s):
English Elegant Myotis

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Miller, B. & Rodriguez, B.
Reviewer(s): Medellín, R. (Chiroptera Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
This species is listed as Least Concern in because of its wide distribution, presumed large population, occurrence in a number of protected areas, and because it is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2000 Lower Risk/near threatened (LR/nt)
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs from San Luis Potosi (Mexico) to Costa Rica (Simmons, 2005). It occurs from lowlands to 750 m (seldom above 150 m). In Guatemala it is known from only two localities in the Peten (McCarthy pers. comm.).
Countries occurrence:
Belize; Costa Rica; El Salvador; Guatemala; Honduras; Mexico; Nicaragua
Upper elevation limit (metres): 750
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Population [top]

Population: It is uncommon to locally common (Reid, 1997). Rare if you try to capture in mist nets. Rare in Nicaragua (Medina pers. comm.), bur recorded with acoustic methods (Pineda pers. comm.).
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species can be found in deciduous and evergreen lowland forest and openings (Reid, 1997). Its biology is poorly known. Most often caught in harp traps (LaVal, 1977) or in mist nets over water. Activity starts early, soon after sunset (Reid, 1997).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no known threats throughout the species' range.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Found in protected areas.

Citation: Miller, B. & Rodriguez, B. 2008. Myotis elegans. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T14156A4411536. . Downloaded on 01 December 2015.
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