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Rousettus lanosus

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA CHIROPTERA PTEROPODIDAE

Scientific Name: Rousettus lanosus
Species Authority: Thomas, 1906
Common Name/s:
English Long-haired Rousette

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor/s: Mickleburgh, S., Hutson, A.M., Bergmans, W. & Howell, K.
Reviewer/s: Hutson, A.M., Racey, P.A. (Chiroptera Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, it occurs in a number of protected areas, and because the global population is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
History:
2004 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is distributed in East Africa and marginally in Central Africa. It ranges from Ethiopia and southern Sudan in the north of its range, into Kenya, Uganda, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda, to Tanzania and northern Malawi. It is largely, but not strictly, a montane species being found between 500 and 4,000 m asl (with most records above 1,000 m).
Countries:
Native:
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Ethiopia; Kenya; Malawi; Rwanda; Sudan; Tanzania, United Republic of; Uganda
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Population [top]

Population: This appears to be a little recorded, but locally abundant species (Mickleburgh et al. 1991). It forms colonies of up to a few hundred bats.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Most of the records of this species are from roosting caves in montane tropical moist forest, although it has also been recorded from a mosaic of East African evergreen bushland and secondary Acacia wooded grassland, with very few records from drier Guineo-Congolian rain forest, wet and dry miombo woodland, East African evergreen and semi-evergreen bushland and thicket, and deciduous bushland and thicket (Bergmans, 1994).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The major threats to this species include ongoing deforestation in montane regions, likely disturbance of cave roosting sites (possibly from tourists in parts of its range), and possible overhunting of bats at roost sites for subsistence food by local people.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Although there appear to be no direct conservation measures in place, it has been recorded from a number of protected areas (e.g.. Mount Elgon National Park, Kenya). There is a need to maintain remaining areas of suitable montane forest and to protect major roosting colonies from disturbance. In areas where this species is identified as being overhunted, there is a need to encourage the sustainable use of susceptible populations.
Citation: Mickleburgh, S., Hutson, A.M., Bergmans, W. & Howell, K. 2008. Rousettus lanosus. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 23 April 2014.
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