Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Chiroptera Phyllostomidae

Scientific Name: Phyllostomus elongatus
Species Authority: (É. Geoffroy, 1810)
Common Name(s):
English Lesser Spear-nosed Bat

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Sampaio, E., Lim, B. & Peters, S.
Reviewer(s): Medellín, R. (Chiroptera Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern because it is widely distributed, relatively common, and unlikely to be declining at a rate which would qualify the species for inclusion in a threat category.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species ranges across Colombia, Venezuela, the Guianas, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, southeastern Brazil (Eisenberg, 1989; Lim and Engstrom, 2000). Lowlands only.
Countries occurrence:
Bolivia, Plurinational States of; Brazil; Colombia; Ecuador; French Guiana; Guyana; Peru; Suriname; Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: Moderately common.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The species strongly prefers multistratal tropical evergreen forest although it is occasionally taken in dryer habitats near streams. It roosts in small groups in tree cavities, or large groups in caves. These roosting congregations are divided up into smaller permanent social units consisting of harems of a single male and several females and their young, and groups of nonbreeding bachelors. Apparently it is strongly disposed to feed on fruits, but it may also take nectar and pollen, and large insects (Gardner, 1977). It also hunts aerially above the forest canopy. These bats emerge from their roosts at complete darkness and forage for about two hours before returning to the roost.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Deforestation in some parts of its range though this is not considered a major threat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Reduce loss of forest habitats.

Citation: Sampaio, E., Lim, B. & Peters, S. 2008. Phyllostomus elongatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T17217A6841495. . Downloaded on 04 October 2015.
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