Rhinophylla pumilio


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Rhinophylla pumilio
Species Authority: Peters, 1865
Common Name(s):
English Dwarf Little Fruit Bat

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Sampaio, E., Lim, B. & Peters, S.
Reviewer(s): Medellín, R. (Chiroptera Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
This species is Least Concern because it is widespread, common and unlikely to be declining at a rate which would qualify it for inclusion in a threat category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species ranges across southern Colombia and Venezuela, the Guianas, Amazonian Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia, and northern Brazil to the central east coast (Eisenberg, 1989; Koopman, 1993) including Espírito Santo south of the Doce river (Zortea, 1995). Altitudinal range is up to 1,400 m asl (Eisenberg, 1989).
Bolivia, Plurinational States of; Brazil; Colombia; Ecuador; French Guiana; Guyana; Peru; Suriname; Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: Common to moderately common (Emmons and Feer, 1997).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is strongly associated with moist areas and multistratal tropical evergreen forests, near rivers, and fruit groves and is rare in deciduous forest. These bats are believed to be primarily frugivorous feeding on fruits of understory shrubs; they also eat insects (Eisenberg, 1989; Tuttle, 1970). Roosts under tents made from palm and aroid leaves (Emmons and Feer, 1997). Pregnant or lactating females have been found in April, May, June, July, and December (Wilson, 1979).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Deforestation, conversion of habitat is a localised threat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Reduce habitat destruction. The species occurs in a number of protected areas.

Citation: Sampaio, E., Lim, B. & Peters, S. 2008. Rhinophylla pumilio. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 28 August 2015.
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