Rhinolophus simulator 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Chiroptera Rhinolophidae

Scientific Name: Rhinolophus simulator K. Andersen, 1904
Common Name(s):
English Bushveld Horseshoe Bat
Rhinolophus simulator Sanborn, 1936 ssp. alticolus

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2017
Date Assessed: 2016-08-31
Assessor(s): Monadjem, A., Taylor, P.J., Jacobs, D. & Cotterill, F.
Reviewer(s): Piraccini, R.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it 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 widely distributed in sub-Saharan Africa. There are records in West Africa from the Wonegizi Mountains and Mount Nimba (Guinea and Liberia), and from central Nigeria. In Central Africa it has been reported from Cameroon. In East Africa there are many more records, with the species being reported from as far north as Ethiopia and southern Sudan, ranging southwards through Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania to Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, eastern South Africa, Swaziland and southern Botswana.
Countries occurrence:
Botswana; Cameroon; Côte d'Ivoire; Ethiopia; Guinea; Kenya; Liberia; Malawi; Mozambique; Nigeria; South Africa; South Sudan; Swaziland; Tanzania, United Republic of; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe
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Population [top]

Population:This species can be locally common. Colonies may consist of a couple of hundred individuals, although these are often quite fragmented because of the species association with caves for breeding.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species is typically associated with caves in areas of moist savanna. It is also reported from bushveld adjacent to rivers and savanna woodland (particularly Brachystegia woodland in Zimbabwe) (Skinner and Smithers, 1990). Availability of day roosts in the form of caves and mine adits is a necessary component of their habitat (Taylor, 1998).
Generation Length (years):8.04

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is threatened in parts of its range by cave disturbance and the loss of habitat resulting from the conversion of land to agricultural use and mining operations.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There appear to be no direct conservation measures in place. In view of the species East African and southern African distribution, it seems likely that it is present in some protected areas.

Citation: Monadjem, A., Taylor, P.J., Jacobs, D. & Cotterill, F. 2017. Rhinolophus simulator. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T19568A21994351. . Downloaded on 19 June 2018.
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