Rhinophylla alethina


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Rhinophylla alethina
Species Authority: Handley, 1966
Common Name(s):
English Hairy Little Fruit Bat

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Mantilla, H. & Burneo, S.
Reviewer(s): Medellín, R. (Chiroptera Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Near Threatened because this species is in significant decline (but probably at a rate of less than 30% over ten years) because of widespread habitat loss through much of its range - especially Chocoan forests, thus making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable (A4c). This species should be monitored as it may qualify for a higher threat category given more information.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in the west of Colombia, and western Ecuador (Simmons, 2005). Occurs between 0-1,000 m on the Pacific flanks of the Andes and lowlands. In Ecuador reported to 1,700 m (Burneo pers. comm.).
Colombia; Ecuador
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Population [top]

Population: It is not known from many specimens, thus population is unknown. Seems to be locally abundant in appropriate areas - in Reserva Ecologica Cotacachi Cayapas is one of the most abundant bats (Albuja 1999).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This bat is strongly associated with moist areas and tropical evergreen forests, prefers unaltered habitats (Albuja 1999). Feeds on remains of fruits. It is primarily frugivorous; it feeds on fruits of understory shrubs; it also eats insects (Handley 1976). Found in Chocoan forests. Bimodal reproduction (Albuja 1999). Found in caves (Handley 1976)
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Chocoan forest habitats are severely threatened.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Found in some National Parks.

Citation: Mantilla, H. & Burneo, S. 2008. Rhinophylla alethina. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 31 March 2015.
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