Saccolaimus flaviventris 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Chiroptera Emballonuridae

Scientific Name: Saccolaimus flaviventris
Species Authority: (Peters, 1867)
Common Name(s):
English Yellow-bellied Sheath-tailed Bat, Yellow-bellied Pouched Bat
Taphazous hargravei Ramsay, 1876
Taphozous insignis Leche, 1884

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): McKenzie, N. & Pennay, M.
Reviewer(s): Lamoreux, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team), Racey, P.A., Medellín, R. & Hutson, A.M. (Chiroptera Red List Authority)
Listed as Least Concern because, although it is seldom recorded, it has a relatively wide distribution, is tolerant of a broad range of habitats, has a presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is widespread over much of Australia, and is known from two specimens collected in Central Province and the National Capital District in Papua New Guinea (Flannery 1995; Bonaccorso 1998; Richards 2008). The records in the south-east Australian part of the range may be vagrants (Victoria, southern South Australia, southern New South Wales) (L. Lumsden pers. comm.).
Countries occurrence:
Australia; Papua New Guinea
Additional data:
Upper elevation limit (metres):600
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Population [top]

Population:The species is common in the northern part of its Australian range, but in south-eastern Australia it is very rare.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:The Yellow-bellied Sheath-tailed bat is found in a wide variety of habitats, including eucalypt forests and open habitats. It roosts in tree hollows. The species is usually solitary but may be found in small colonies. It may make migratory movements in the south-eastern portion of its range, although this is based on reports of exhausted individuals that might in fact be suffering from disease (Richards 2008). There appear to be seasonal movements in the mid-coastal Western Australian range (N. McKenzie pers. comm.). In the arid and semi-arid parts of its range, it is most frequent in mangrove or riparian habitat (N. McKenzie pers. comm.).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species seems to have the highest prevalence of lyssavirus in Australian Microchiroptera and it is not known whether this is a problem (L. Lumsden pers. comm.). Feral European honeybees in at least arid western Australia, but likely most of arid Australia, have taken over many tree hollows, displacing these bats (N. McKenzie pers. comm.). In the eastern part of its range, substantial land clearance is likely to be a threat (M. Pennay pers. comm.). In the arid zone, riparian zones are being stripped of their perennial species, so habitat quality is declining fast for this species in these areas (N. McKenzie pers. comm.).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is present in a number of protected areas throughout Australia. Further surveys of Papua New Guinea are needed to determine the species' full range. Further ecological research is needed to clarify migration patterns, roosting trees, etc. (L. Lumsden pers. comm.). Also additional research into threats to this species throughout its range would be useful.

Citation: McKenzie, N. & Pennay, M. 2008. Saccolaimus flaviventris. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T19799A9016440. . Downloaded on 24 August 2017.
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