Nyctinomops laticaudatus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Nyctinomops laticaudatus
Species Authority: (É. Geoffroy, 1805)
Common Name(s):
English Broad-eared Bat, Broad-eared Free-tailed Bat
Tadarida espiritosantensis (Ruschi, 1951)
Taxonomic Notes: Includes yucatanicus, europs, and gracilis; see Freeman (1981), and Avila-Flores et al. (2002). Includes espiritosantensis, see Zortéa and Taddei (1995) and Avila-Flores et al. (2002). Note that the correct spelling for the specific epithet in combination with Nyctinomops is laticaudatus (not laticaudata) because the generic name is masculine. Reviewed by Avila-Flores et al. (2002).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Barquez, R., Rodriguez, B., Miller, B. & Diaz, M.
Reviewer(s): Medellín, R. (Chiroptera Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
This species is 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 is found from Tamaulipas and Jalisco (Mexico) to Venezuela and the Guianas, northwest Peru, Bolivia, northern Argentina, Paraguay, and Brazil; Trinidad; Cuba (Simmons 2005). Distribution extended to include northern Uruguay (Gonzalez 2001). Expansion of range in southern Argentina according to Barquez et al. (2006). There are no records for Nicaragua and Costa Rica.
Argentina; Belize; Bolivia, Plurinational States of; Brazil; Colombia; Cuba; Ecuador; El Salvador; French Guiana; Guatemala; Guyana; Honduras; Mexico (Jalisco, Tamaulipas); Panama; Paraguay; Peru; Trinidad and Tobago; Uruguay; Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: N. laticaudatus may form resident colonies throughout the year, in some cases in stable numbers, although population dynamics are complex, and phylopatry is low (Avila-Flores et al. 2002). It is rare or uncommon throughout most of its geographic range. However, it is relatively common in some areas, especially within the Yucatan Peninsula (Bowles et al. 1990; Jones et al. 1973).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: N. laticaudatus occupies diverse tropical and subtropical habitats. It has also been captured in disturbed and urban areas (Avila-Flores et al. 2002). It is insectivourous. It is found up to 1,500 m (Reid 1997)
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No major threats.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is found within several protected areas.

Citation: Barquez, R., Rodriguez, B., Miller, B. & Diaz, M. 2008. Nyctinomops laticaudatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 02 September 2015.
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