Platyrrhinus brachycephalus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Platyrrhinus brachycephalus
Species Authority: (Rouk & Carter, 1972)
Common Name(s):
English Short-headed Broad-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)
This species is listed as Least Concern as it is widespread, presumed abundant, and presumed to have a large population. When considering the species range as a whole, it occupies areas not currently under threat.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: The species is confined to Lowland areas (Patterson pers. comm.) of northern South America in the Amazonian portion of Brazil, the Guianas, southern Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, and Amazonian Peru and Bolivia (Eisenberg, 1989; Koopman, 1993). Its westernmost limit is the flank of the Andes.
Bolivia, Plurinational States of; Brazil; Colombia; Ecuador; French Guiana; Guyana; Peru; Suriname; Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: Uncommon to locally common (Patterson pers. comm.).
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Strongly associated with multistratal tropical evergreen forest and moist sites. It is basically frugivorous and roosts in small groups of three to ten in leafy tangles, tree hollows, or caves. Reproduction usually coincides with the onset of the rainy season and varies locally (Eisenberg, 1989).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Habitat loss in some parts of the species range, though this is not considered a major threat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Reduce habitat loss.

Citation: Sampaio, E., Lim, B. & Peters, S. 2008. Platyrrhinus brachycephalus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 03 September 2015.
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