Rhinolophus guineensis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Rhinolophus guineensis
Species Authority: Eisentraut, 1960
Common Name(s):
English Guinean Horseshoe Bat

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B2ab(ii,iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Fahr. J.
Reviewer(s): Hutson, A.M., Racey, P.A. (Chiroptera Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Vulnerable because its area of occupancy is probably less than 2,000 km² (roosting caves), its distribution is severely fragmented, there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its forest and cave habitats.
2004 Vulnerable

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This West African bat has been patchily recorded from southern Senegal, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Côte d'Ivoire. It is a highland species recorded at elevations of 1,400 m asl and over. It may be present in Gambia in remnant patches of forest (Grubb et al. 1998).
Côte d'Ivoire; Guinea; Liberia; Senegal; Sierra Leone
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Population [top]

Population: It is possibly a rare species overall, although little information is available on the population abundance of this bat.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Thiss species has been recorded from montane tropical moist forest, and to a lesser extent from moist savanna (Koopman 1989; Koopman et al. 1995; Grubb et al. 1998; Weber and Fahr 2007). Animals are usually found roosting in caves, however, two were found in a hollow trees (Böhme and Hutterer 1978; Grubb et al. 1998; Weber and Fahr 2007).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Major threats to this species include deforestation resulting from logging operations, the conversion of land to agricultural use, and mining activities. There is also a limited threat of overhunting for the bushmeat trade.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species has been recorded from the Mount Nimba World Heritage Site and the "Massif du Ziama" Biosphere Reserve, both in Guinea. It has also been recorded from a few state forests ("Forets Classees") in Guinea. There is a need to conserve remaining areas of suitable habitat for this species. Further studies are needed to better determine the species range.

Citation: Fahr. J. 2008. Rhinolophus guineensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 01 April 2015.
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