Myotis longipes


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Myotis longipes
Species Authority: (Dobson, 1873)
Common Name(s):
English Kashmir Cave Bat
Myotis theobaldi Blyth, 1855
Vespertilio longipes Dobson, 1873 [renaming of preoccupied name macropus]
Vespertilio macropus Dobson, 1872 [not of Gould, 1854]
Vespertilio megalopus Dobson, 1875
Taxonomic Notes: Ellerman and Morrison-Scott (1951) considered this species as allied to Myotis capaccinii Bonaparte, 1837, a view negated by Hanak and Gaisler (1969) and Corbet (1978) who stated it to be a distinct species. The specimen of Myotis theobaldi Blyth, 1855 from caves near Matur Nag, Jammu and Kashmir, India, that has been sometimes included under Myotis longipes (Dobson, 1873) as a senior synonym with doubt, is unidentifiable (Thomas 1915). Blanford (1891) stated that Myotis theobaldi Blyth, 1855 was 'similar to V. longipes, for the two agree in dimensions and both are characterized by large feet, but it is impossible to identify Myotis theobaldi for the types have been lost' (Srinivasulu et al. in press).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Molur, S. & Srinivasulu, C.
Reviewer(s): Hutson, A.M., Racey, P.A. (Chiroptera Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Data Deficient in view of the absence of sufficient information on its extent of occurrence, natural history, threats and conservation status.
2000 Vulnerable
1996 Data Deficient

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is largely endemic to South Asia, where it has been recorded from a few localities in Afghanistan (Lowgar and Nangarhar provinces), India (Jammu and Kashmir, and Meghalaya) and Nepal (Western Nepal) (Molur et al. 2002, Srinivasulu et al. in press). A report from Maharashtra as reported by Molur et al. (2002) is erroneous. It has been recorded from 300 to 2,000 m asl (Molur et al. 2002). Wang (2002) records that the species is present in Guizhou, China (Smith and Xie 2008). Records for Viet Nam are generally considered to be dubious (Bates et al. 1999) and are not included here.
Afghanistan; China; India; Nepal
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Population [top]

Population: Little is known about the population trends and abundance of this species.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species roosts in large colonies of thousands of individuals in caves, cracks and crevices in old disused buildings (Molur et al. 2002) and old tunnels and underground canals (Smith and Xie 2008) in primary or secondary forests. It is an early flyer and hunts over water surfaces (Bates and Harrison 1997).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): In South Asia, it is threatened by habitat loss, disturbance to roosting sites and accidental mortality due to ongoing conflicts within the species' range (Molur et al. 2002).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Although there are no direct conservation measures in place, the species has been recorded from protected areas in India, such as the Balpakram National Park in Mizoram. Population monitoring and habitat management are recommended (Molur et al. 2002).

Citation: Molur, S. & Srinivasulu, C. 2008. Myotis longipes. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 02 September 2015.
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