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Phyllonycteris aphylla

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA CHIROPTERA PHYLLOSTOMIDAE

Scientific Name: Phyllonycteris aphylla
Species Authority: (Miller, 1898)
Common Name(s):
English Jamaican Flower Bat

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Dávalos, L. & Rodriguez, A.
Reviewer(s): Medellín, R. (Chiroptera Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
Listed as Least Concern in view of its abundance within its restricted distribution, its presumed large population.
History:
1996 Endangered
1994 Insufficiently Known (Groombridge 1994)
1990 Insufficiently Known (IUCN 1990)
1988 Insufficiently Known (IUCN Conservation Monitoring Centre 1988)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known from Jamaica (Simmons, 2005).
Countries:
Native:
Jamaica
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Population [top]

Population: It is uncommon to locally common, found in five caves (Genoways et al., 2005).
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is colonial and roosts in caves, often together with other bats species. The only major colony contains a few hundred individuals. A female with one embryo was caught in January; and a pregnant female captured in June (Genoways et al., 2005). Its diet consists of fruit, pollen, nectar, and perhaps insects (Nowak, 1999); captive individuals thrived on a diet of bananas, mangoes, papayas, and various kinds of canned fruit nectars (Nowak, 1999).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The only major colony contains a few hundred individuals and is considered vulnerable to human disturbance (Nowak, 1999).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Habitat conservation.

Citation: Dávalos, L. & Rodriguez, A. 2008. Phyllonycteris aphylla. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 20 December 2014.
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