Nycteris gambiensis 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Chiroptera Nycteridae

Scientific Name: Nycteris gambiensis (K. Andersen, 1912)
Common Name(s):
English Gambian Slit-faced Bat

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2017
Date Assessed: 2016-08-31
Assessor(s): Monadjem, A., Fahr, J. & Bergmans, W.
Reviewer(s): Piraccini, R.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This West African species ranges from Senegal and the Gambia, through most of West Africa, as far east as central Nigeria. There is a single uncertain record from Cameroon which requires verification.
Countries occurrence:
Benin; Burkina Faso; Côte d'Ivoire; Gambia; Ghana; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Mali; Mauritania; Niger; Nigeria; Senegal; Sierra Leone; Togo
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Population [top]

Population:It can be a locally common species.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species is mostly associated with both moist and dry savanna habitats. It has been recorded in the vicinity of urban areas, close to grassland, and within cleared forest areas (Grubb et al. 1998). Colonies generally roost in caves, but have been recorded from hollow trees and buildings (cellars and roofs) (Grubb et al. 1998). Colony size ranges from a few dozen to hundreds of animals.
Generation Length (years):5

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There appear to be no major threats to this species overall. It is threatened in parts of its range by habitat loss, often resulting from conversion of savanna to agricultural use.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There appear to be no direct conservation measures in place for this species, and it is not known if it occurs in any protected areas. There is a need to protect roosts of this species, and to better determine the eastern limits of the species range.

Citation: Monadjem, A., Fahr, J. & Bergmans, W. 2017. Nycteris gambiensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T14928A22017299. . Downloaded on 24 June 2018.
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