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Myotis velifer

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA CHIROPTERA VESPERTILIONIDAE

Scientific Name: Myotis velifer
Species Authority: (J.A. Allen, 1890)
Common Name/s:
English Cave Myotis
Taxonomic Notes: Includes magnamolaris. Apparently closely related to yumanensis.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor/s: Perez, S.
Reviewer/s: Medellín, R. (Chiroptera Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
This species is listed as Least Concern in because of its wide distribution, presumed large population, occurrence in a number of protected areas, tolerance to some degree of habitat modification, 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 from Honduras to Kansas and southeastern California (USA) (Simmons, 2005). It occurs from lowlands to 3,300 m (Reid, 1997).
Countries:
Native:
Belize; El Salvador; Guatemala; Honduras; Mexico; United States (Arizona, California, Kansas, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas)
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Population [top]

Population: This bat is uncommon in Central America, to common in the southwestern USA (Reid, 1997).
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is usually found in evergreen or pine-oak forest and pine forest at mid and high elevations; also at lower elevations in riparian habitats near desert scrub (Reid, 1997). It roosts in tight clusters in caves, mine tunnels, buildings, and under bridges. Colonies number 50 to 15,000 individuals (Reid, 1997). This bat leaves the roost about 30 minutes after sunset and flies directly to water to drink before foraging. It usually forages just above the vegetation, with fast, direct flight. Females return to the day roost within 2 to 3 hours and feed again before dawn. Insects eaten include beetles, flying ants, and moths. Some northern populations hibernate in winter, others migrate. In Kansas, single young are born in June to July. In Veracruz, Mexico, pregnant females were caught in March and December (Hall and Dalquest, 1963; Fitch et al., 1981; Reid, 1997).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Cave issues, like mining and tourism.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Occurs in protected areas.
Citation: Perez, S. 2008. Myotis velifer. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 20 April 2014.
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