Rhinolophus deckenii


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Rhinolophus deckenii
Species Authority: Peters, 1867
Common Name(s):
English Decken's Horseshoe Bat

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Jacobs, D., Cotterill, F.P.D. & Taylor, P.J.
Reviewer(s): Hutson, A.M., Racey, P.A. (Chiroptera Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Near Threatened because this species is probably in significant decline (but probably at a rate of less than, though close to, 30% over ten years) because of deforestation through much of its range, thus making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable A2c.
2004 Data Deficient
1996 Data Deficient

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This little known East African species has been recorded from Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania, including the islands of Zanzibar and Pemba.
Kenya; Tanzania, United Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: Small colonies of less than 20 individuals. It is reported to be locally common in some areas, such as the Manga Forest Reserve, Tanzania (Doggert et al. 1999).
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: There is little information available on the natural history of this poorly known bat. it is a forest dwelling species that may not be exclusively associated with primary forest (Doggert et al. 1999). Further information is needed on the roosting habits of this species.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is presumably threatened by the logging and conversion of forest land to agricultural use, especially in coastal areas.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There appear to be no direct conservation measures in place. It has been recorded from some National Parks and Forest Reserves in Tanzania. There is a need to maintain areas of suitable forest habitat for this species. Further research is needed into the species taxonomy, biology and overall natural history.

Citation: Jacobs, D., Cotterill, F.P.D. & Taylor, P.J. 2008. Rhinolophus deckenii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 28 March 2015.
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