Pteronotus quadridens 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Chiroptera Mormoopidae

Scientific Name: Pteronotus quadridens
Species Authority: (Gundlach, 1840)
Common Name(s):
English Sooty Mustached Bat
Taxonomic Notes: Subgenus Chilonycteris. Includes torrei. See Rodríguez-Durán and Kunz (1992) and Timm and Genoways (2003).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Miller, B., Reid, F., Arroyo-Cabrales, J., Cuarón, A.D. & de Grammont, P.C.
Reviewer(s): Medellín, R. (Chiroptera Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its abundance within its restricted distribution, its presumed large population, and because its habitat 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 species is known from Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola, and Puerto Rico (Simmons, 2005).
Countries occurrence:
Cuba; Dominican Republic; Haiti; Jamaica; Puerto Rico
Regionally extinct:
Additional data:
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Population [top]

Population:It is abundant in Puerto Rico (Gannon et al., 2005).
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species roosts during the day in deep recesses of hot caves, where it form roosting aggregations containing thousands of individuals (Gannon et al., 2005; Genoways et al. 2005). An estimative of 140,000 bats of this species roosts in Cucaracha Cave, Puerto Rico (Gannon et al. 2005). A cave occupied by this bat usually shelters two to five other species. It is insectivorous, and apparently is an opportunistic forager to some degree, like many insectivorous bats. Insects from one to seven different orders have been found in stomach or fecal samples of a single bat; moths, flies, and true bugs are taken consistently as well, and wasps and flying ants, which occur in large but unpredictable swarms, are eaten when available. Females generally give birth to a single young; twinning is extremely rare. Pregnant females are found from February through June, with the largest percentage occurring in May, when births begin (Silva-Taboada, 1979; Gannon et al. 2005).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Caves are not protected in Jamaica (Davalos pers. comm.). It is gone for Abaco, Andros and New Providence (Bahamas) (Turvey pers. comm.). Threats on hot caves.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Found in Protected areas.

Citation: Miller, B., Reid, F., Arroyo-Cabrales, J., Cuarón, A.D. & de Grammont, P.C. 2008. Pteronotus quadridens. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T18710A8507318. . Downloaded on 25 August 2016.
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